Start 2018 off with a double bang! Team Loni Loni Colvin Broker/Co-owner Email: Benjamin Musser Agent What is “Church?” I hear more and more from people that they don’t go to church, but they are spiritual. Probably what they mean by a church is a physical building or place of worship run by a Christian denomination. In actuality, “church” happens when we gather together as social beings to worship God and give praise to our Creator, as well as give strength to each other. It bears repeating that we are social beings. We know from experience with groups like Weight Watchers, Alcoholics Anonymous, and so on, that we need other people to help us do better, to remind us to stay on track. A Christian community is one where love is the central component—love of God (the worship part or “liturgy”) and love of neighbor (the support and friendship component). The two of these come together in action when we support many of the charities in the area or do something to help our neighbor. The Beatitudes are our action plan. The job of the ordained leader of a congregation is to strengthen faith and teach the “Good News” as Jesus did. He preached the Good News of mercy, forgiveness, and redemption. A good pastoral shepherd leaves the parishioner elated and anxious to go out and practice their faith. Liturgy (the style of formal worship) is praise. It can’t and shouldn’t compete with fastpaced media. It is a time for communal gathering, private prayer, and education. Liturgy can still move us, as it involves our emotions as well. I remember this Advent being very moved by a 14-year-old girl singing the Magnificat (Mary’s prayer in Luke 1:47–54) to us, praising God in music, reminding me of how music reaches the soul. For Roman and independent Catholic Churches, as well as To advertise: 540-351-0001 BUILDING A SINGLE HOME OR SUBDIVISION, WE HAVE YOU COVERED 10.5 acre lots for sale as a group. Ready for that perfect home. Site cleared and graded with VDOT access. Get your house plans together and give us a call to see this terrific property. 368 Miller Road, Winchester MLS# FV9951855 many other denominations, the liturgy is where we not only meet Jesus each week, but where he comes to us in a very special way. This is another reason why Church is so important! Here we get to develop a relationship with Jesus. We become one with Jesus, and so become his hands, his feet, his eyes, his mouth. So church, wherever it is held, becomes holy ground because Jesus is with us as he promised. We just ended the Christmas season by celebrating Epiphany with beautiful readings from the prophets and Paul and the Gospel of Matthew. The emphasis was on light and the way that Jesus is able to illumine the darkness in our lives. Hope is renewed. Science and faith can support each other. We have to let the light shine a little on our old ways of thinking and embrace the light and the Spirit. As a pastor, I often try to show how science can support through education. So when I hear someone saying they don’t need to go to church because they are spiritual, I remind them how in church, we get support, experience God and Jesus, enact the Beatitudes, and become educated about faith. We are the church, and that “we” is plural! Pope Francis reminds us: “When we…see God reflected in all that exists, our hearts are moved to praise the Lord for all his creatures and to worship him in union with them.” Beautiful breath taking Panoramic views, 2 ponds, barn, fenced, creek, you name it, you will find it on this approx. 70+ acres, The pictures do not give this property justice, it does have division potential! 0 Beahm Lane, Rileyville MLS# PA9793731 Wooded 40.47 acre lot in a very sought after area. Close to 66 and tons of potential. Property borders Old Busthead and Fosters Fork. Wooded 2 acre lot in a very sought after area. This lot has so much potential, property is close to 66! CALL TODAY! 0 Old Busthead Road, Broad Run MLS# FQ9946536 40 acres MLS# FQ9946539 2 acres A Realtor Licensed in the State of Virginia 26 N 5th Street, Old Town Warrenton, VA 540-222-1180 OK Gentlemen! It’s THAT time of year! But no need to panic. Have no fear! We have just the gi for Valentine’s Day. Give her a gi she will use everyday. A shiny new throne to call her own! Happy Valentine’s Day! For e Princess: A Gerber Comfort Height Complete: or For e Queen: TOTO Drake Comfort Height Complete $420.00 So Close Seat $64.00 Licensed Gas Contractor $498.00 $525.00 MRC Plumbing & Heating LLC Your Local Hometown Plumber for over 25 Years – AVAILABLE 24/7 – 540-347-3013 703-376-1755 See us on Angies List, Facebook & Twitter Licensed • Bonded • Insured Bishop Ronald Stephens St. Andrew the Apostle Independent Catholic Church Catholic Apostolic Church of North America Grace Church Road Midland, VA 540-349-8060 28 Discover Fauquier ■ February 2018