ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
One Thing: To Listen, To Question, and To Wrestle
Good morning! In Psalm 27.4, King David states that there is one thing he asks of the Lord, and then he uses three phrases to name that one thing: "to DWELL in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to GAZE upon the beauty of the Lord, and to SEEK him in his temple." We invite you to join us each week at 10:30am in person (3600 S. 9th Street), on YouTube (@ECCofLafayette), or on our website (ecclife.net/worship) as we look at the ways scripture teaches us to dwell with God, to gaze upon God's beauty, and to seek him in his temple.
Locations & Times
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  • Evangelical Covenant Church
    3600 S 9th St, Lafayette, IN 47909, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Downloadable Bulletin
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https://ecclife.net/bulletin

Communication Card
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Let us know you worshiped at today's service! You can also sign up for newsletters or prayer. https://ecclife.net/commcard
How to Connect at ECC
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Click below to explore many opportunities get connected.
https://www.ecclife.net/connect
Congregational Meeting and Council Election
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Our ECC Annual Meeting will take place today, January 22, 2023, where we will elect new council members. The council nominates Sally Louk and Audette Taylor to three-year terms. We will be having a fellowship meal after the service with the meeting following around 1pm.
Midwinter Conference
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Please be in prayer for our pastors who will be attending the Covenant Midwinter Conference this week. We are excited that they will have the opportunity to connect with the greater Evangelical Covenant Church Denominational leadership and other Covenant Pastors. Should you need anything, don’t hesitate to contact the church office who will be in regular contact with the pastors.
Adult Christian Formation
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Sunday mornings at 9:00am in person in the Great Room. The Adult Sunday School Class is doing a study of 1 and 2 Peter.
Men's Ministry
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Wednesday Morning Men's Fellowship: Men, please join us each week at 6:30am. The ECC Wednesday Morning Men’s group has started a new study using the book Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey. This group is currently meeting via Zoom. For an invite, please email Ken Ritchey. (mailto:kritchey@tds.net) We'd love to see you there!

• Wednesday Evening Group: Pastor Kurt’s weekly study, currently studying the Gospel of Matthew, meets at 6:30pm on Wednesdays in Room 10. We hope you can join us.
Women's Ministry
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• Women’s Book Discussion: Join fellow readers February 2, 6:30pm, in the ECC Great Room, to discuss We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels. Find out more about the book and where to get it here: https://ecclife.net/book.

• Women’s NET: Women’s NET will be restarting February 15 and 16! NETpm will meet Wednesday nights through April 12 and NETam will meet Thursday mornings through April 13. Visit https://ecclife.net/netampm for more information.

• Mugs and Muffins: Ladies, on January 28, bring your favorite mug to ECC's Great Room and enjoy a warm drink, muffins, and conversation with us! We will meet from 9:30-11:00am. Sign up below so we know you are coming! https://ecclife.net/mugs-and-muffins
Marriage Tune-up
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Make plans to join us February 4 from 6:00-8:00pm in the great room as we learn how to make some small changes that can have a big impact on your marriage. We will hear from Casey and Meygan Caston from Marriage365 Ministries and their journey of learning how to fight fair. Dinner and childcare for kids through age 10 will be provided. Dinner will be $15 per couple. Childcare will be $5 per child and will include dinner. Please RSVP by January 31. RSVP here: https://ecclife.net/couples-night
Youth Ministry
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• High School Night: Join us every Wednesday night, starting February 1, at 6:30pm in the Life Center. The night will include snacks, games, spiritual formation, and community building with Pastor Chuck. If you would like to help with these H.S. Nights, please email Pastor Chuck: cpotts@ecclife.net.

• Fusion: 6th-12th graders, join us on Sunday evenings from 5:15pm - 7:00pm for a combined youth group. We begin meeting again this week, and tonight’s group time includes a devotional painting experience! Join us at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church and invite a friend.
1935 Lunch
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All young adults (ages 19-35ish) are invited to a lunch and games hangout after worship on Sunday, January 29 until 1:30pm. Invite friends you know and bring your children, as they will be welcome for lunch and then there’ll be childcare for the game time. We’ll also take some time to talk about upcoming 1935 happenings over the next couple months. Sign up here to let us know you'd like to come to the lunch!
https://ecclife.net/1935
LifeGroups
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If you have not yet signed up for a LifeGroup (our small groups ministry), but might be interested in the future, please let us know by signing up on the link below. We will keep you updated when groups are open and new groups are being formed. We plan to do this two or three times a year. Sign up at https://ecclife.net/lifegroups
Triple L Bunco
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Triple L Senior Adults, join us for a game of Bunco on February 8 at 12:00pm, noon, in the ECC Great Room. There will be a light lunch followed by a round of Bunco. It is a great way to have fun and interact with everyone. Pre-registration is greatly appreciated so we have enough food and tables. Cost is $5.00 per person at the door. We hope you can attend!
https://ecclife.net/bunco
Spiritual Growth
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• Daily Audio Bible: There is still time to join a Daily Audio Bible group. In about 20-30 minutes per day, you will hear the entire Bible in a year! We are making this journey together, listening to God’s word independently yet encouraging each other and sharing the truths God reveals to us for the first time or in new and exciting ways. Want to make this journey in community? Sign up to join a men's or women's group. Visit the Daily Audio Bible page find out more and sign up for a group.
https://ecclife.net/dab
(women) https://ecclife.net/dab-journey
(men) https://ecclife.net/dab-men

• 30-Day Gospel Reading Plan: One of the best ways to get to know God is by getting to know Jesus. One of the best ways to get to know Jesus is by regularly reading the gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
We are encouraging each of us to be intentional about how we engage with God through scripture in 2023 and to move toward having a regular rhythm of engaging with God and his word. We have a guide available at here (https://ecclife.net/30-day-gospel-reading-plan). (There are multiple options so each of us can choose a plan that works for us to be in God’s word.)
https://ecclife.net/scripture
Winter Walking
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Wanting to get some steps in but it’s just too cold? ECC’s gym will be open from 8:30-11:00am, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for walking. All are welcome!
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://ecclife.net/giving
Stewardship
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https://ecclife.net/stewardship
Prayer Items
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https://ecclife.net/prayer-requests
One Thing: To Listen, To Question, and To Wrestle
January 22, 2023
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Pastor Stacey Littlefield
Question to ponder.
How will you respond to today's passage (and the above questions) this week? What might you do differently? How might this passage shape or inform how you walk through the week ahead? Do you need to change anything in response to the passage?
A Question to Ponder.
What does today's passage, Luke 2.41-52, say about God? What does it reveal about God's character or how God is at work in the world? Where do we see God's Spirit moving in the passage?
A Question to Ponder.
What does Luke 2.41-52 say about us? What in the passage do you find convicting or challenging? What might it call you to become or do?
A Question to Ponder.
Read James 1.5-8 and Jude 22. What are we to do with these two verses that seem to suggest two different approaches to doubt?
Quotable.
Read the quote below about the incarnation. What strikes you most about the ideas? What comforts you? What challenges you and why?

Jesus didn’t come merely to die for our sins. Nor did he come to show off his miraculous superpowers and celestial wisdom. In the history of Christianity, the incarnation of God teaches us that Jesus was born into the fullness of humanity. He was born, in other words, into the complete mortal experience, warts and all.

And yes, Jesus may have had warts. He breastfed as an infant. He learned to walk. And the Messiah—in those awkward teenage years—went through puberty. Why did Jesus have to experience all of that? He did this to free us from the grip of sin and death by entering humanity. As the second-century theologian Irenaeus famously put it, “He became what we are so that we could become what he is.”

(Taken from "Jesus was the God-Man, Not the God-Superman", by AJ Swoboda and Ninja K. Gupta, Christianity Today, April 1, 2021)
Quotable.
Read the quote below from Dallas Willard. What in this description challenges you? What gives you hope? Why?

“Non-discipleship 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.…The correct perspective is to see following Christ not only as the necessity it is, but as the fulfillment of the highest human possibilities and as life on the highest plane.”

(Dallas Willard, Spirit of the Disciplines)

Lectio 365 App

Click the link below to take a look at the Lectio 365 app for iPhone and Android.

https://www.24-7prayer.com/resource/lectio-365/

A Practice: 30-Day Gospel Reading Plan

Click the link below to download a PDF of a 30-Day Gospel Reading Plan. In one month, you will have read all of the gospels through once. It only takes 3 chapters a day to do so.

https://ecclife.nucleus.church/download/922a8e9ff6fff36588c3b98f705e0d5840b477f0.pdf

A Practice: Let's Read the Gospels Podcast

Click the link below to subscribe to Annie F. Downs' daily podcast in which you can listen to her read three chapters a day from the gospels. By doing so, you will read all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) though in one month.

https://pod.link/1655219933

A Practice: The Gospels in Three Months

Follow the link below to be connected to the Bible Project's "The Gospels in 90 Days" reading plan.

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/8868-bibleproject-gospels

A Practice: Daily Scripture Emails

If you would rather receive a gospel chapter a day in your email inbox, simply click the link below, submit your information, and we will send you an email each day.

https://ecclife.net/daily-scripture-emails
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.