ECC-Evangelical Covenant Church
The Kingdom Takes Shape: Our Best Dreams and Our Truest Prayers
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/2/7/2/8/27288883/5.3.20_bulletin.pdf

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/30E054BAAA923A2FC1-20200426

Giving online

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http://www.covchurchgiving.com/c-27-evangelical-covenant-church-of-lafayette.aspx
The Kingdom Takes Shape: Our Best Dreams and Our Truest Prayers
May 3, 2020
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Pastor Stacey Littlefield
Write the Next Steps you sense God leading you to take in the space below.
Write this week's good news statement below.
Questions to ponder.
Name a movie or book that has a surprise ending for you? After you had finished reading the book or watching the movie, was there anything you encountered earlier in the story that might have tipped you off to where it was all going from the very beginning?
Questions to ponder.
Re-read Luke 5.17-25 and Acts 3.1-10 above. How are the two accounts similar? What do you think Luke wants us to know about Acts 3.1-10 that we might learn from Luke 5?
Questions to ponder.
What do you think "Exile" might mean for us today? For people who have not yet come to faith in Jesus?
Questions to ponder.
Consider the three "seismic shifts" at work in Acts 3. Can you think of other stories in Scripture that reflect similar shifts in how people understand God or in how God works in the world?
Quotables.
Read the following quote from Henri Nouwen. What is your experience in how you or others have used the phrase, "in the name of Jesus"? How does it relate to the quote below?

"Ministry is acting in the Name of Jesus. When all our actions are in the Name, they will bear fruit for eternal life. To act in the Name of Jesus, however, doesn’t mean to act as a representative of Jesus or his spokesperson. It means to act in an intimate communion with him. The Name is like a house, a tent, a dwelling. To act in the Name of Jesus, therefore, means to act from the place where we are united with Jesus in love. To the question, “Where are you?” we should be able to answer, “I am in the Name.” Then, whatever we do cannot be other than ministry because it will always be Jesus himself who acts in and through us. The final question for all who minister is 'Are you in the Name of Jesus?' When we can say yes to that, all of our lives will be ministry."


- Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey. Quoted in The Story of God Bible Commentary: Acts, by Dean Pinter, pp.97-98.
For children.
If you were the man who was healed in Acts 3, how do you think you would have felt before God healed you? What would you have missed? What would have made you sad? Now, how do you think you would have felt after you were healed? What is the first thing you would want to do once you were healed?
Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and 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

Prayers for this Season

Follow the link below to view or download some helpful prayers to pray as we walk through the current pandemic.

https://www.ecclife.net/uploads/2/7/2/8/27288883/favorite_prayers_-_coronavirus.pdf

Global 6K

The Global 6K is still scheduled. Join with others around the world—right from your own home or neighborhood—to walk or run 6K Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 9:00am. No matter where or how you move your feet—in your house, at a park, or through your neighborhood, you’ll change lives by bringing clean water to those who need it most.  Even if you aren’t able to walk, you can register to donate to help give people clean water!

https://www.ecclife.net/6k.html

Opportunities for Women

Women, we need to be connected to God and each other more than ever. Social distancing doesn't have to equal social isolation... the ways we connect just need to look differently right now. NETam and NETpm, First Fridays, and Mugs & Muffins are meeting on Zoom. Register now for the Women of Joy conference in Indianapolis coming late summer for discounted rate. Check out our ECC's Women's page for dates and details!

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

Recognizing Our Seniors

Seniors, if you missed the deadline to turn in your senior form and picture, you have through the end of the day to get those in.  ECC community, while we are socialing distant, we still want to celebrate and honor our graduating seniors. Please check out the website at ecclife.net/youth to send messages to our seniors. This will be up and available through May 18. If you would prefer handwriting those notes, please mail them into the church by May 16.

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

Summer XP 2020

Summer XP is just around the corner, and we’re re-designing our week so that we can share Jesus’ love with kids…online! From June 1-4 (Monday-Thursday), we’ll combine paper mailings, video elements, and secure online technology so that children entering grades K-5 can have both a large group and small group experience. We’re also exploring how we can continue to offer drive-thru meals as part of the program. We will still need a loving and dedicated crew of volunteers to invest in our children and families during this week, and we invite all of you to look for unique ways that you can be involved in serving. Volunteer and child registration can be found online at ecclife.net/xp.  

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

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