This service is centered on James 3:13-4:3, and 4:7-8a. The book of James is traditionally attributed to James, the brother of Jesus. It is a letter that encourages the practice of responsible ethical action amid the complex realities of daily life. Empowered by wisdom as God's "implanted word," Christians are called to be not merely "hearers" but "doers" who show forth their faith in specific and practical acts of love and mercy that shape and sustain community.
In the reading, the author encourages the community to seek after wisdom that is from “above,” given generously by God to all who ask for it, which is full of mercy and good fruits, while turning their lives away from “earthly” wisdom that is selfish, “unspiritual” and deadly.