It’s good to see you on a Sunday morning as we assemble to revere our God! Pastor Nathan has COVID-19 so he won’t be with us for a while. He is feeling ok and we pray for a swift recovery. Jack Belcher is out of town so my wife Tara will be leading the singing this morning. Thanks to Gail Drake for playing the piano this morning as well.

This morning we get to the next-to-last passage we’ll examine in the book of James. James 5:16b-18 will teach us about prayer. I think we all struggle with various aspects of prayer. But here’s what I want you to see: despite human fallibility, our prayers can still be effective. James unlocks the secret to effective prayer in these verses.

This afternoon in Leavenworth is the Kansans for Life “Life Chain” event. More information is in your bulletin. I am grateful for KFL’s work. We want to see abortion ended in our laws and in the human heart. And we pray for healing for those who have been exploited by the abortion industry.

We’ll be done with the book of James next week, Lord willing (see James 4:15!) Then I want to preach a two-sermon series about the way we steward our lives. God has burdened me about that subject so I want to share from God’s Word with you. Then we’ll go to Genesis 37-50 in a series entitled “Divine Providence” about the life of Joseph. I hope and pray God is glorified and you are blessed.

This Wednesday night we begin night meals again. See elsewhere in the bulletin for more details. If you are new to West Haven, the meals are held in the lower level in the Fellowship Hall. Much thanks to Becky Derzinski for her leadership in this area. And also thanks to Kirk Baggett for his work.

I know of three ladies who will be part of the “Mom’s and Muffins” event at Tonganoxie Elementary School soon. We are also giving $3,000 to TES for their Backpack Buddy program to feed kids. We want to continue to bless our community in ways God opens up to us. Thanks for generously giving and going in the name of Jesus!