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The Kingdom Takes Shape: A Subversive Victory
The Kingdom of God took root in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom of God began to take shape in the world, as well. The book of Acts is a story of action, faith, courage, and boldness in uncertain times. Then, it was persecution that deployed the Church; today, it is a virus. Tomorrow, it may be something else. How might the Kingdom take shape in our world, as it did then? Join us Sundays at 10:30am (ecclife.net/stream or facebook.com/ecclife) as we rediscover the passion and power of the early Church and what they have to teach us in our uncertain and anxious times today.
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  • 3600 S 9th St, Lafayette, IN 47909, USA
    Sunday 10:10 AM

Downloadable Bulletin

Please check out our virtual bulletin.

https://www.ecclife.net/uploads/2/7/2/8/27288883/6.14.20_bulletin.pdf

Pre-register for June 21 Service

We will be having in-person worship on ECC's campus on Sunday June 21 at 10:30am. There will be restrictions and important differences in that service. If you have not yet read the email Pastor Stacey sent out, please do so. You can also find the video and the text of the email on our home page at ecclife.net. If you want to attend next week, we will need you to pre-register below.

https://bit.ly/ECCJune21

Communication Card

Please visit the Communication Card to mark that you attended our online service. If you need prayer, care from a Stephen Minister, added to the E-letter mailing list, or other concerns, visit the Communication Card link below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054baaa923a2fc1-20200614
The Kingdom Takes Shape: A Subversive Victory
June 14, 2020
Second Sunday After Pentecost
Stacey Littlefield, Lead Pastor
Write this week's good news statement below.

Praying for Our Neighbors

Dear Friends, Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life." The Lord planted our church--and each of you--where we are to help our neighbors discover the light of life. So, we're asking everyone who calls ECC home to consider becoming a "light" to their neighbors and living intentional pray-care-share lifestyles. This fits so well our annual B.L.E.S.S. initiative, too. As a reminder, BLESS stands for Begin with prayer. Listen with care. Eat together. Serve in love. Share your story.Becoming a "light" in your neighborhood is free and confidential. You'll receive a map and list of your closest neighbors, along with emails at the frequency of your choice to pray for your next five neighbors that day. When you get a chance, walk or drive by those homes as you pray for them. To learn more about this opportunity visit the following link and watch the 2 minute video by Stephen Kendrick. When you are ready to get started, click the sign up button on the bottom of the page. - Pastor Stacey Littlefield

https://blesseveryhome.com/light/?cust=10736
Questions to ponder.
One of the realities we discover in Acts 12 is the subversive nature of God's work in and through things and people least suspected (i.e., a prayer meeting while Peter is in jail, a woman in Roman society, a servant girl who discovers Peter's escape). What other subversive, small, surprising beginnings can you think of from the pages of Scripture? In history? In today's society?
Questions to ponder.
What is an area of passion for you concerning something that is wrong or broken in the world? How often do you pray about this issue? What work have you done to bring healing and hope to this issue? If you haven't really done any work, why not? How might you change that this week? If you have done some work, where have you seen reason to celebrate victory?
A practice to engage.
Read Psalm 94. Now, sit down and write out your own psalm of complaint or lament. Using Psalm 94 (or Psalm 13) as a model, what would you cry out to God today? Spend time praying your psalm to God this week.
Question to Ponder.
Several scriptural examples of our coming and present victory in Christ were shared in the message today. Off the top of your head, what other verses or passages from Scripture speak to our coming and ultimate victory in Christ? How many can you name?
For children.
Can you think of a story or movie of someone who has a hard life or difficult challenges, but does something big and good at the end? How did they do it? How did it make you feel?

The Historian Josephus on Herod Agrippa's Death

Follow the link below to the fuller quote from the ancient historian Josephus on King Herod's death in Acts 12. How does it compare to the account in Acts? What extra detail do we get with Josephus? What does Josephus leave out?

https://www.bible-history.com/herod_agrippa_i/herod_agrippa_ijosephus_account_of_agrippas_dea.htm
Prayer for the Second Sunday after Pentecost
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Book of Acts, Part 1

Follow the link below to view part 1 of The Bible Project video on the Book of Acts. Part 2 of the overview is below.

https://youtu.be/CGbNw855ksw

The Book of Acts, Part 2

Follow the link below to view part 2 of the Bible Project video on the Book of Acts. Part 1 is above.

https://youtu.be/Z-17KxpjL0Q

Just Mercy Movie Discussion

Please join us for an online discussion of the movie "Just Mercy" on June 28 starting at 7:oo p.m. with our guest presenter and facilitator Dominique Gillard. The cost will be $10.00/participant. $5.00 will be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative and $5.00 will be given to Dominique Gilliard for facilitating. The movie is free to watch on several platforms. Sign up on the Communication card to receive more information and a link to see how you can watch the movie. 

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eh4wnoenec60a804&llr=ke5zhinab

How to Connect at ECC

Click below to explore many opportunities get connected even--or especially--in this time of "social distancing".

https://www.ecclife.net/connect.html