Join us at Bethany House for...

Mass on Saturdays - at 5:00pm (casual attire is our style)!

Rosary Prayer Group - at 6:00pm on the first Wednesday of the month!

Bible Study - at 6:30pm on Thursdays (the Life of Jesus - Serendipity Bible Study)!

Come and join us!

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We’re located at 408 Levee Road in Mount Sterling, across from the MCHS football stadium.

Contact us at...

Saints Mary and Martha Church
at Bethany House
PO Box 502
Mount Sterling, KY
40353

859-404-8374
mamachurch4you@yahoo.com

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Prayer for Our Times...


Almighty God, the reign of terror continues in our world with senseless acts of violence overwhelming us almost daily now. Have mercy on us, Lord. Have mercy on us. Teach us how to lament as we fall down before you on our faces and knees.

• We pray for presidents, prime ministers, legislators, judges, military leaders, governors, mayors, police officers and medical personnel everywhere to think clearly, lead courageously and pray unceasingly. We ask you, O God, to raise up women and men who will speak the truth in love and lead with compassion and humility.

• We pray for Orlando, Istanbul, Nice, Dallas, Kabul, Munich and countless other cities who continue to mourn the loss of so many innocent lives in recent days. We pray for confused and grieving families to know the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit.

• We pray for impoverished and oppressed people everywhere who earnestly believe that the remedy to their plight is hatred and violence. In the words of the Prophet Amos, "Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."

• We pray for hate-filled persons whose twisted thinking somehow believes that destroying other human beings pleases God. We hear the voice of Jesus crying out from the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing."

• We pray for those who conceive terror to receive a new heart and a new spirit from you. Take away their hearts of stone and give them hearts of flesh. We pray for the utter destruction of all terror in our world and the ideologies that inspire it.

• Finally, God, we pray for ourselves that the darkness will not overwhelm us, that hatred will not consume us. May your light and love at work in us bring hope, reconciliation and peace as we eagerly await the Return of Christ. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

A prayer by Greg Gallaher

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's Lonely in Our Own Little Worlds...


I think I was born just as something I've learned to love (and now long for) was beginning to die.  Each time I think about it, my heart sinks.  I'm not talking about "the way things used to be", I'm talking about the way in which people used to process and meet the needs of others - the way we lived together.

It was still fully alive in my grandparents' generation.  It was spoken of by my parents' generation, it was known (if not always practiced) to my generation.  It seems to have died, though, in the insulated, separated, cocooned, sealed-off lives most of us now lead.

Interaction - real interaction, both when we want it and when it's inconvenient - is a thing of the past.  We've traded reality - with all it's roughness - for cyber reality.  Everything in our lives is marketed to us so as to fulfill our individual, personal pursuits.  The sense of community has given way to "online community".  We're encouraged to plan or map out our lives in a vacuum, as though no one else will figure into the equation - and if they do, and if they get in our way, we're encouraged to eliminate them from the picture.

Don't misunderstand me.  I'm grateful for technology.  Without it I probably wouldn't be in touch with many of you.  Even so, I wonder what it will take to push us toward recovering the human touch in our lives and in the inconvenient interactions we strive to avoid.

Karl Marx believed that people's alienation from the means of production would eventually bring about enough disgust to foment revolution.  He was wrong.  The human person is so much more that the sum of their materialistic relationships and needs.  The thing that will really foment revolution is the alienation of the human person from meaningful relationships through which sympathy and empathy are cultivated.

Why is there a black lives matter movement?  Why are people taking verbal swipes at each other on social media and treating one another as though disagreement is the equivalent of murder?  It's because people are reacting to a creeping sense in their lives that they are alone and that no one cares about them.  We have personalized our way of life to such an extent - we have exalted the individual to such an extent - that we've finally realized it's lonely to be alone in our own little world.

It's time to return to front porches.  It's time to live and work in the same community.  It's time to put up with what we don't like in our neighbors so that we can find what we do like.  It's time to see that our goals and plans and desires do not rule the universe.  It's time to tell ourselves that we're not as important as we think we are.  It's time to learn, once again, how to interact with one another.  It's time to leave our insulated, hermetically sealed bubbles of self-satisfaction.

Father Todd

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Join Us for Bible Study...


Join us for Bible study on Thursday evening (July 21)!  We begin in a brief prayer service and then dig into the Word (accompanied by dessert and coffee, of course)!

Join us this Thursday at 7pm at Bethany House (408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling)!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

An Encouraging Word...


What a joy it was to meet with a young couple this evening at Bethany House for their first pre-marital counseling session.  It's wonderful to see how the Lord has brought them together, is drawing them closer, and will use them wonderfully in the years to come.

We took a few moments to step into the Chapel.  As we talked about the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist, the Rosary, the Icons, the Tabernacle, the chanting of the Psalms, et cetera, I realized again the incredible heritage we have as Christians in the Anglican way.

As I looked at the Chapel through their eyes, I also realized just how much the folks at Bethany House have been able to do with what the Lord has given us.  I'm so thankful for a committed little group of Anglicans who are as hearty as they are dedicated.  Bethany House really has become quite a little gem!

Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Father Todd

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Prayer for Our Nation...


From the vicar...

Last Sunday (July 3) during Mass we spent time praying for our beloved country - both giving thanks to the Lord for what he's given us and asking him for help as we grapple with conforming ourselves to his vision of justice and righteousness.  In the week that has just passed my heart has been filled with distress and grief.  I'm worried about our country and all the ills that bore fruit in the events of this week.  Would you pray with me?

God of our fathers and mothers, the holy and righteous Judge of all men, we come before you admitting our weaknesses, our failings, our secret fears, and our total dependency on you: Take us, both individually and as a nation, and place us in the refining fire of your love.  Consume away from us the dross of hatred, fear, selfishness, small-mindedness, and shortsightedness.  Challenge us to hear in your Word the only truth that will compel us to repent and change.  Drive far from us all options for partial transformation.  Grant us the grace to turn our eyes upon Jesus and not look to the left or the right.  Call us to remember that it is only in loving him that we may love our neighbor as ourselves.  We ask this through the same Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

God bless you!
Father Todd

Monday, July 4, 2016

Our First Year in Bethany House...

Having worshiped in the beautiful Herald & Stewart Chapel for free for four years (the generosity of the Herald & Stewart Home for Funerals still amazes us!), we saved up enough money to purchase Bethany House!

Our first Mass at Bethany House took place on Sunday, August 23, 2015! As you can see from the slide show, we've made a few changes to this beautiful old house. In the coming weeks, we'll be highlighting some more of those changes from the past year.

Come and worship with us on Sunday at 10:30am. We're located at 408 Levee Road (across from the MCHS Football Stadium) in Mount Sterling. We don't dress to impress, we dress to be comfortable as we worship Jesus! Come and join us! If you have any questions, call us at 859-404-8374.








A Possible Idea...


From the vicar...

Conversations at dinner parties have long been among my favorite things to witness (if not participate in).  I just love the interesting things that are shared.  I exult in just being present for those conversations.  There's something fascinating and intellectually stimulating about being with a group of bright and lively people.

That's why I LOVE it when Bethany House has potlucks.  That's why I LOVE having a group of friends to go out to dinner with.  That's why I now LOVE the Moth Radio Hour!  (I don't know why, but I had never listened to it before this past Saturday.)  I find myself longing to create such an occasion and environment here in Mount Sterling.

Just a thought, but I wonder whether Bethany House could host, perhaps, a quarterly "Moth Evening" and invite the community in?  I found myself coming alive as I listened to the stories being shared (even though I didn't always agree with some of the content).  Just a thought!

God bless!
Father Todd

The Star Spangled Banner...

Happy Independence Day!

As you enjoy this holiday, also take some time to enjoy this poignant moment following the 9/11 attacks of 2001 (the singing of The Star Spangled Banner at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London).

We are never more free than when we stand together!  We are never more free than when we reach out to bless others!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Independence Day...

Dear friends,

We invite you to join us at Bethany House for Mass on Sunday, July 3.  We will be singing special hymns and offering prayers for our beloved Republic in celebration of Independence Day.

Independence Day, for Anglicans, is remembered in the Book of Common Prayer and offers us an opportunity to thank God for the liberties and goodness he has granted us in this free land.

Please join us!  Mass begins at 10:30am and our attire is casual.


Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.