Shawnee Presbyterian Church




Living in a New Normal

As the Covid 19 restrictions loosen a bit and we are able to get out and about as long as we follow safe guidelines and boundaries, it seems what I hear the most from people around me is, “When will we get back to being normal?” I have been thinking about this quite a bit myself while I realize all that was once normal may actually never be the same again. It is wonderful to have people back in the sanctuary for worship, but we do have to wear our masks and keep our distance from one another. Many of our once regular functions are still on hold as we can’t gather closely or for any extended length of time.

During a recent visit with a KU physician this same discussion came up. My doctor shared that the elevators are nearly empty now and she does not want to ride on them either. Many staff and patients have begun to use the stairways in the building. While good for one’s physical conditioning this has also crowded the stairways more creating a potential breeding ground for virus and bacteria to grow and be shared with others now using the stairs. My doctor also advised that if you do use a public stairway be very cautious of the handrail and what may be growing there. Who would have thought of any of this being a result of a virus that functions and infects us in unknown ways?

Will the church ever go back to the way it was? The answer is a simple yes and no. Yes, the sanctuary is and will be open to worship in as long as we follow safe methods of being together. We have also added the capability of streaming our worship service on Facebook making us much more available to those unable to be present with us in person. Because of our Facebook presence we now have to be careful to not show the faces or say names of our young people present to protect their safety in a world where there are people looking for opportunity to cause harm to the vulnerable. I could go on and on with the dynamics of our new reality, but we all know that our normal really has changed and become something new.

What about God and our Savior Jesus Christ? Has anything about the divine changed to keep up with what is happening in our world? Actually, no nothing about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit has changed at all. Our understanding of who God is may have been opened to new possibilities. Hear these words from Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” The divine then has not necessarily experienced all of this before, but in every situation and time and place is the same. This is the normal we can hold on to. The same hope and faith our ancestors had remains for us and the generations to come. Trust God and know that this new normal will be ok because our Lord and Savior will always be the same and will always be with us.

In Ministry Together,
Pastor Craig

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  • Noisy Offering
    Sunday, October 25th
    Seven months have passed since our last Noisy Offering!!
    Bring your loose change and help make this the noisiest offering of the year. You will drop your Noisy Offering in a container before you enter the sanctuary.
    It will be added to the ‘Love Funds’ SPC established at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and Hocker Grove Middle School. If you would like to support the ‘Love Funds’ but will not be at church on Sunday, you can still make ‘noise’ by adding to the ‘love fund’ jar in the office.
    We would like to encourage you to put in a few extra coins if you can.
  • Food When We’re Feed
    Sunday, November 1st
    Food When We’re Fed is a time to remind ourselves to bring food for others every time we gather for communion, which is the first Sunday of each month. Let’s take this opportunity to make a difference in the world around us.
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    Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
    Please contact Kelly for more information