ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
Touchstones Revisited: Transformation as the Slow Work of God
Our mission is to be a community of people who know God, follow Jesus, and pursue God's purposes in the world. We believe we will do so as we live into our ECC Touchstones of Welcome, Transformation, and Presence. Touchstones are the values, the standards against which we measure who we are and who we are becoming as a people. During this brief series we are re-introducing ourselves to each of our Touchstones. Be sure to join us each week, in person or online, at 10:30am, ecclife.net/stream or facebook.com/ecclife.
Locations & Times
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  • 3600 S 9th St, Lafayette, IN 47909, USA
    Sunday 10:10 AM
Pre-register for September 6 Service
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Please pre-register so we know how many attenders to expect on Sunday.
http://bit.ly/ECCSept6
Downloadable Bulletin
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https://www.ecclife.net/uploads/2/7/2/8/27288883/8.30.20_bulletin.pdf
Communication Card
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Let us know you attended today's service! You can also sign up for newsletters or prayer.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054baaa923a2fc1-20200830


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.
https://www.ecclife.net/connect.html
Adult Christian Formation
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Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom. The Adult Sunday School class is
following a video series called Me and My Big Mouth. This series, by Andy Stanley, will talk about how we can prevent our mouths from getting us into big trouble. https://www.ecclife.net/zoom.html
Wednesday Morning Men's Fellowship
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Men, please join us each week at 6:30am. The ECC Wednesday Morning Men’s group is starting a new study of Philippians. We will meet by ZOOM until face to face group meetings are approved. For an invite, please email Bill Oakes (oakes@purdue.edu). We'd love to see you there!
Welcome Videos
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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.
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Class
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ECC’s Mission Commission is pleased to announce that ECC is part of a multi-church partnership that 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.
Love Over Fear
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On September 13, we begin a 10-week sermon series on the ECC Touchstone of Welcome and learning to love our enemies. We invite you to join us. Order the book, Love Over Fear, by Dan White, Jr., and engage in one of several opportunities for growth and learning. Go to ecclife.net/ LOF to explore the possibilities.
Join MOPS!
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Hey mamas – are you looking to connect with other moms in this season of life? It’s not too late to join us for MOPS and MOMSNext! Moms with children of all ages are invited to our first gathering of the year on Tuesday, September 8, from 9:30-11:30. We’ll meet outside, just behind the Life Center on ECC’s campus. Visit our website for more information!
https://www.ecclife.net/mopsmomsnext---mothers-of-preschoolers.html
Women's Bible Study - NETam/pm
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NETam and NETpm are starting again this fall. NETpm will start Tuesday, September 15, with What the Women Saw on Zoom at 6:30pm. NETam will start Thursday, September 17, with What the Women Saw on Zoom at 9:30am and He Speaks to Me at Bev Wilson’s home. Check ecclife.net/women for more information and to sign up!
First Fridays
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Ladies, we invite you to join us this Firday for First Fridays, Friday, September 4, at 9:00am with Sharon Held hosting. Details at ecclife.net/women.
Biblical Herb Garden
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Did you know ECC has a biblical herb garden? It contains a variety of herbs and plants, most of which have a history in the Bible! You are free to take cuttings of these plants for your home garden or contact Carla Weathers by text for assistance. Carla is also available to do a walkthrough of the garden after our August 30 Unity Service.
https://www.ecclife.net/herb_garden.html
Congregational Meeting
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Because of the pandemic, we did not hold our May congregational meeting. There is, however, plenty of business we still need to cover. So, on September 20, following our worship service, we will hold a congregational meeting, both in person (with social distancing) and via Zoom. Please watch for details in the coming weeks and plan to take part in what ever way works best for you.
Giving Online
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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
Touchstones Revisited: Transformation as the Slow Work of God
August 30, 2020
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Stacey Littlefield, Lead Pastor
Write this week's Good News Statement below:
ECC Touchstones
We become a community of people who know God, follow Jesus, and pursue God's purposes in the world as we live out the ECC Touchstones of Welcome, Transformation, and Presence...

Welcome
We are a place of hospitality, grace, and community for all people.

Transformation
We provide resources and relationships for the journey from curiosity to Christoformity.

Presence
We are sent into the world as agents of change and redemption.






Questions to ponder:
What was the most challenging or frustrating time of your life? Did you see God work in your or the lives of others because of it? If so, how?
Question to ponder:
What is one thing about your own character or personality that you wish to change? How would you like it to change? What do you think is necessary to see transformation in this area for you?
Question to ponder:
When in your life did you grow the most in your understanding of God or in how you live your life because of your relationship with God? What kinds of things contributed to your growth during that time?
Quotables: The Prayer of Teilhard de Chardin

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.






Questions to ponder.
Read the following passage on "the cost of nondiscipleship". What about the passage stands out to you? Is there anything in it you've not thought about before? Is there anything Willard names for you about your own experience?

"Nondiscipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of God’s overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, it costs exactly that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring (John 10:10)." ~ The Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard
Questions to ponder.
Read 1 Corinthians 9.19-23. In what ways do you see Paul's words here as informing how we see him live his life in Acts 27? How might Paul's words here inform your life and way in the world--especially as we consider the anxious and divided times in which we live?
A practice to engage:
Memorize the ECC Touchstone of TRANSFORMATION: We provide the resources and relationships for the journey from curiosity to Christoformity.
A practice to engage.
Make YIELD a part of your regular prayer practice. The following can be done in one sitting, giving time to each of the letters, or they can be divided up and practiced throughout the week.

By the grace of God, I commit to taking part in the following practices on a regular basis. Accepting the invitation to YIELD to the Holy Spirit, I will:

Y - Say YES to God. I will begin with the intent to be present to God and open to the leading of his Holy Spirit. (Hebrews 11.6; Isaiah 64.4)

I - INVITE the Holy Spirit to speak. I will invite the Holy Spirit to lead, teach, and guide me. (John 13.16; Revelation 3.20-22)

E - ENGAGE with the word of God. I will open myself to the riches and wisdom of God's word as I read and reflect on it. (2 Timothy 3.16-17; Psalm 119.105)

L - LISTEN to the Spirit. I will sit in silence and learn to listen for God's voice, and I will be obedient to what I hear from God. (John 14.26; Revelation 3.22)

D - DEPEND on God's Spirit, rather than my own strength. As I begin each day, I will entrust myself to the Spirit's presence and work in my life. (Revelation 3.17-18; Psalm 32.8-9)

ECC's Soul Training Page

Follow the link below to explore several resources in which you can cooperate with and yield to the Holy Spirit in your own transformation.

https://www.ecclife.net/soul-training.html
Prayer for Forgiveness and a Kingdom Life
God, this day, I desire your forgiveness and mercy; I need your grace and peace to reign in my life and relationships. I confess my sin and selfishness to you. I confess that I cannot do this on my own, and I ask that you grant me your grace and peace, and that you teach me how to live as you lived. I choose daily to surrender myself to you, though I know I will not do so perfectly. I choose daily to rely on your grace to forgive me, to heal me, and to transform me. In Christ’ name, Amen.







Prayer for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.