ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
The Kingdom Takes Shape: Turning the (Our) World Upside Down
The book of Acts is a story of action, faith, courage, and boldness in uncertain times. 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
Pre-register for August 2 Service
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Downloadable Bulletin
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How to Connect at ECC
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Click below to explore many opportunities get connected even--or especially--in this time of social distancing.
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Perspectives Class
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ECC’s Mission Commission is pleased to announce that ECC is part of a multi-church partnership is bringing this renowned and life-changing class back to the Greater Lafayette area this fall. This is a powerful opportunity to immerse yourself in God's work around the world by hearing each week from expert speakers brought in from all over the region. Check out all the information at http://perspectives.org/lafayette including how you can qualify for a rebate for successfully completing the course.
Junior Council
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If you are a junior or senior in high school, we are talking specifically to you right now! With a ton of activities being cancelled or postponed, we want to give you a chance to be a part of the leadership of our church by joining "Junior Council!" Do you need recommendations and more activities to put on your college applications? Do you want to grow in your leadership skills? Do you want to find out how big decisions are made here and put in your suggestions? Do you want to make long-lasting relationships with our council members and make a difference by serving our church? Then join us for this next school year and get a ton of leadership experience and training that is sure to look great for any future roles you'd have! Applications are due by August 9th! Apply today!
https://www.ecclife.net/junior_council.html
Welcome Videos
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Welcome Videos: Here at ECC, we very much enjoyed seeing your “Good Morning, ECC” videos during this time of social distancing. We would like to see more smiling faces in new welcome videos for upcoming services. Send new videos to ecc@ecclife.net.
Flat Paul
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Paul was known for his missionary journeys throughout the world, and this July, we are inviting you to bring Flat Paul with you on your travels, whether far away or local! This week, take a picture of Flat Paul near something you can use to help other people.. You can be in the picture with Flat Paul if you’d like, or he can be alone. Email your pictures to kmueller@ecclife.net by Thursday so that we can include them in Sunday’s Children’s Message. You can download Flat Paul here: https://www.ecclife.net/uploads/2/7/2/8/27288883/flat_paul_for_july_2020.pdf
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You can give your offerings here. You can also give to special areas by commenting in the memo line. https://bit.ly/ECCGiving
The Kingdom Takes Shape: Turning the (Our) World Upside Down
July 26, 2020
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
Stacey Littlefield, Lead Pastor
Write this week's Good News Statement below:
Question to ponder:
What is the most life-disrupting thing you've ever been through? How did it affect you? Were you then or are you now able to see something good God did in the midst of the disruption?
Questions to ponder:
The idols of Paul's day are usually obvious. What idols do you see at work in the world today? What idols do you see demanding worship in the American Church? What idols do you see seeking to gain entrance into your life, personally?
Question to ponder:
Reflect on this quote from Philip Yancey. In what ways has Jesus "complicated" your life? In what ways has Jesus made things "easier", in some sense? What other things might you add to Yancey's list of things you "cannot not care about"?

I used to believe that Christianity solved problems and made life easier. Increasingly, I believe that my faith complicates life, in ways it should be complicated. As a Christian, I cannot not care about the environment, about homelessness and poverty, about racism and religious persecution, about injustice and violence. God does not give me that option. (Philip Yancey, Reaching for the Invisible God)
Question to ponder:
In Matthew 11.28-30, Jesus promises rest for those who take his yoke upon their shoulders, and that his burden is light and his yoke is easy. In John 16.33, Jesus promises that, though we encounter trouble in this world, Jesus has overcome all of this. And, in 2 Corinthians 4.16-18, the Apostle Paul encourages us that our troubles are "light and momentary" and do not compare with "the eternal glory that far outweighs them all." In what ways do these passages relate to one another? In what ways do they speak to you? What questions would you like to ask about each of these passages for better understanding?
Question to ponder:
The gospel is never actually preached in Acts 19.23-41, but God is at work anyway. Where do you see God at work behind the scenes in the passage? Where do you see evidence of God's ultimate victory in Christ playing out in the passage? How might the way God works in the passage be an encouragement to you/us in today's challenges?
Practices to engage.
1. Take time each day, perhaps more than once a day, to prayerfully declare these truths over you life and household. Memorize them or write them down somewhere for easy access: I am one in whom Christ dwells and delights. I live in the strong and unshakeable kingdom of God. The kingdom is not in trouble, and neither am I.

2. Pray each day for the rest of 2020 for all those involved in seeking healing an hope in the three challenges mentioned in the sermon: the pandemic, civil unrest over racism, and the presidential election year.
Prayer for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.