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Rich’s monthly Reflections feature has been suspended during the pandemic crisis.

Monthly Reflections

By Worship Committee Chair, Rich Pollock

About Those Resolutions…

About Those Resolutions…

Welcome to the New Year and a new decade. So have you made any New Year’s Resolutions yet? Oh, “what’s a New Year’s resolution?” you ask. It’s a “To Do” List for the first week of January!

Making New Year’s resolutions aren’t really new. The Babylonians tried it and later so did the Romans. In the medieval era the knights made them and, according to recent polls, 40% of Americans still do. However there is an 80% failure today.

Find out what Rich has to say about why resolutions don’t last.

The Miracle of Thanksgiving

The Miracle of Thanksgiving

Rich reflects on America's two months of "feasting festivals" at the end of every year-- Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations, celebrations, and feasts with family and friends. But how or when did it all begin?

Becoming Little Christs

Becoming Little Christs

With the changing of the seasons, we now turn our attention from summer to early autumn activities. But something big happened in October 502 years ago that we should also celebrate-- a watershed moment in world history, second only to the coming of Christ into the world 2020 years ago. What is Rich talking about?

A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table

Back in 2012, there was a movie made about hunger in America narrated by Jeff Bridges. It was called A Place at the Table. Rich's reflection this month is about a different kind of hunger and a different kind of table, but a table, nonetheless. Rich ties together one of the Beatitudes, Grace, and Jesus' Parable of the Great Banquet. And gives us food for thought, as always.

Cleanliness and Godliness

Cleanliness and Godliness

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Many of us have heard this saying before, probably from the mouth of our mother or grandmother. But where did it come from and what does it mean?

Learning How to be Free

Learning How to be Free

This Fourth of July, we as a nation celebrate our 243rd year of declaring our freedom from Great Britain. On June 9 we as a Christian church celebrated over 2000 years of another kind of freedom, freedom from sin in the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (see II Cor. 3:17). The Apostle Paul said, “you have been set free from sin. . .” (Romans 6: 18). So how is this possible? Rich thinks that perhaps we first have to understand what freedom is and isn’t.

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

This month Rich Pollock reflects on the National Day of Prayer theme centered around Jesus' command for us to love one another. Rich says, "Indeed prayer is a powerful agent for change." And we need some changing.

What the Resurrection Means to Me

What the Resurrection Means to Me

We celebrate for more than a month at Christmas anticipating the birth of Jesus. Shouldn’t we be even more excited about Easter and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ? This month Rich Pollock, retired Presbyterian minister and our Worship Committee Chair, shares a poignant personal story from college and what the resurrection means to him.

The Lamb, the Lion, and Lent

The Lamb, the Lion, and Lent

This month, Rich uses familiar spring imagery-- "in like a lion and out like a lamb" -- in a new and powerful way, explains our self-directed time of reflection and repentance on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 9-10 a.m., at the chapel, and recommends ways to get new perspectives on the Cross.

Celebrating God’s Love Day

Celebrating God’s Love Day

Rich shares, "As I sit here at my desk looking over the United Methodist Worship Planning Calendar for 2019 that the Board of Governors gives to various committee chairs each year, I am struck by the fact that there is no special religious day in February. There is no special Sunday like Epiphany or Christ’s Baptism in January, or Transfiguration Sunday or Lent in March, or Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday in April this year. Or is there...?"