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!

Click the picture for directions...

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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

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A New “Anglican 101” Class...


Hello, friends!

We’ve had some interest expressed in launching another “Anglican 101” class – not only for all the new folks at Bethany House, but also for those who’d like to re-visit that journey.

The plan would be to meet either every other Sunday after Mass (with a potluck meal) or one Sunday a month after Mass (also with a potluck meal).

If you’re interested, please let Father Todd know – either by Facebook message or by e-mailing him at fr.todd4you@yahoo.com.

God bless you!

The First Tuesday Rosary Group...


The First Tuesday Rosary Group will meet at Bethany House on Tuesday, January 2 @ 6:00pm.

We'll be contemplating the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary (the Annunciation to Mary, the Visit of Mary to Elizabeth, the Holy Nativity of Our Lord, the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, and the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple).

Our prayer intentions will include the needs of mothers and fathers, the needs of the elderly, and the needs of children.

Come and join us!

Monday, December 25, 2017

A Christmas Blessing for You!


Merry Christmas from Saints Mary & Martha Church at Bethany House!

What a celebration we had at Bethany House last night!  The Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha was packed to the hilt, the voices of the congregation drowned out the organ, and (most important of all) we offered our praises to the new-born King Jesus!

May the glory of his Presence fill your life with his joy, now and always!  Amen!

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Music Ministry Moment...

From the vicar...

Friends, here’s an improvisation on the hymn tune “Boylston” (often used for the hymn “A Charge to Keep I Have”).  It’s a neat little tune (we sang this hymn on Sunday at Saints Mary and Martha Church).  I made the recording after Mass.

Saint Augustine of Hippo once said, “He who sings prays twice.”  It’s my fervent hope that sacred music will always be plentiful at Saints Mary and Martha Church, and that we’ll being “praying twice” very often!

Yours in the spirit of prayer!
Father Todd


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Timely Prayer...



Dear Lord,

Increase kindly grace within me, that I may do more than curse the darkness.  So fill me with your love and mercy, that I may set the world ablaze in your forgiveness and beautiful vision.  Never allow me to settle into my own desires, thus becoming a creature of my wants.  Awaken within my heart the fire of your lovingkindness, that I may play my part in the fostering of your great and holy Kingdom.  May your will come to pass in my life, no matter what the world may choose to do.

Amen.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wonderful Memories...

What a wonderful time of blessing and fellowship we had with Bishop Ron and Patty Jackson!  It was a weekend full of sharing, getting to know each other, prayer, and worship.  We are blessed to have such a couple working with us, encouraging us, praying for us, and loving us.

Thank you, Bishop Ron and Patty!  We love you and look forward to seeing you again!






Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Faith Quote...

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”   - Blaise Pascal

Monday, September 11, 2017

An Exciting Invitation...


Hello, friends!

We’re going to have two very special visitors at Saints Mary and Martha Church this coming weekend – Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17!

Bishop Ron and Patty Jackson will be visiting us!  Join us for a potluck and fellowship with Bishop Ron and Patty at 1:00pm on Saturday and for Mass at 10:30am on Sunday!  Bishop Ron will be the celebrant and homilist at Mass.

We’re blessed to have this time with Bishop Ron and Patty, and we want to share it with you!  (By the way, you can read Bishop Ron’s spiritual biography below…)

God bless you!
Father Todd


Bishop Ron’s Spiritual Biography…

I was blessed to be born into a Christian family.  I cannot remember a time when I did not know Jesus.  Ours was also a military family.  The church was always a center of stability in our lives.  My mother would find the “spiritually alive” chaplains and I was always in the Sunday School, children’s choir, and acolyte ministries.  I became an Eagle Scout and earned the God and Country Award.  As a result, though I am a “cradle Episcopalian,” I had a variety of denominational influences through various army chaplains in my spiritual formation.  This has given me a deep appreciation for the wider body of Christ that is very much a part of my ministry today.

Like many college students during the sixties, I went through a time of spiritual searching and began to question the faith that I had received as a child.  Out of that search, by God’s grace, came a deepened and conscious intellectual and spiritual commitment to the Scriptures and to Christ.  As a Graduate Fellow at the University of California at Davis.  I was the only professed Christian in my graduate department which led to numbers of interesting conversations.  As a result, one of my self-described “agnostic” Jewish professors came to me for counsel about a situation with which he was struggling.  Afterward he said, “Jackson, you should be a priest” and I knew he was right.  I completed my Master’s degree, withdrew from the Doctoral program and entered the ordination process.

I attended Nashotah House because of its focus on a disciplined spiritual life.  After two years, I decided to do an intern year in an inner-city black, anglo-catholic, ghetto parish in Compton, California.  My ministry was to work with street kids.  The street culture was very different from anything I had experienced and the young people’s needs were overwhelming.  Not surprisingly, I hit the wall.  I didn’t know what to do and began to question my call to the priesthood.  My supervising priest, Fr. Llewellyn Williams, called me in, prayed with me, and told me to do three things: (1) read the New Testament to see how the disciples needed to change before Christ could use them, (2) pray for the Holy Spirit to show me what needed to change in my life, and (3) wait for God to send me the people I needed to learn from.  As I did these things, God was faithful and sent three people into my life.  Two of them were ex-gang leaders who had met Christ in prison and had their lives radically transformed.  Christ knit us together as a team and amazing things began to happen.  They taught me the difference between knowing about Christ and knowing him in a more intimate way and how to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.  My faith moved from my head to my heart.  I learned that ministry isn’t just what I do for God, it is also what he wants to do through me.  Jesus humbled me, rescued me from my own self-reliance, and continues to transform my life.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Happy Second Anniversary!!

Two years ago TODAY (Sunday, August 23, 2015) Saints Mary and Martha Anglican Church celebrated Mass in Bethany House for the first time!

Happy anniversary to Saints MAMA Church!!  What follows below is the original Facebook post from that day...

From the vicar...

“To God be the glory!”

Yes, we gave God the glory today (August 23, 2015) as MAMA Church offered the Mass for the first time at Bethany House (our home in Mount Sterling)!  Today’s Mass (and the delicious potluck and wonderful fellowship that followed) marked the culmination of nearly two years of searching, praying, and discerning.

For some time we began to think that Bethany House would only be a dream...and then God showed us what only he can do!  After having given up on the purchase of this house, we suddenly received word that the asking price had been lowered.  We then received word that the family who owned the house wanted to help us by lowering the asking price still further!  How could we not see God’s hand in that?!

There’s a good deal of cosmetic work to be undertaken on Bethany House in the weeks and months to come.  There will be painting, rearranging, the knocking out of a wall, the addition of air conditioning (no vestments for the vicar today because of the heat and humidity!), cutting down of some trees (precariously overhanging the house and/or blocking the view from the driveways onto the busy street), among many other things.

Most importantly, though, we now have a space into which we can invite those who are in need of Jesus (no matter how that need presents itself)!  We are blessed to have life teachers, lay counselors, and care givers in our community.  Indeed, God has provided for our every need through the gifts and talents of those who have come to be brothers and sisters of Mary and Martha of Bethany.  And we know that it doesn’t stop with our needs.  We know that he will send us from this house into the streets of Mount Sterling.

So I close as I began, “To God be the glory!”

Father Todd













Monday, August 21, 2017

From the vicar...

Good morning, friends!

I’m sitting on the little vicarage deck this beautiful morning (something I’ve been too busy to do for several weeks) and enjoying a delicious cup of cappuccino (I can never remember how to spell that!).  For the first time in I don’t know how long I feel relaxed and as though no task is hanging over my head.

We (Saints Mary and Martha Church) celebrated our second anniversary at Bethany House yesterday - we call it Friendship Sunday!  It was lovely and joy-filled.  Bethany House was filled with chatter and laughter, singing and praying - not to mention a super-abundance of delicious food!

There seems to be something beautiful happening among us at Bethany House.  As we live ever more intentionally into our calling of both contemplative prayer (contemplating Scripture in prayer) and intercessory prayer (praying for the needs of individuals and other concerns on our prayer list), the Lord seems to be sending us people who need his care - just like we do.

What it all adds up to is this: A beautiful community of Jesus-followers is being built.  I can’t wait to see what happens.  We’re standing on two promises: “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) and “We love because God first loved us.” (1 John 4:19).  This is why we say, “We love Jesus, and we love you, too!”

Friends, on this morning after Friendship Sunday, I love you because Jesus loves each of us and because you are so very special!

Father Todd

Monday, June 5, 2017

Reaching Out - Again...

Hello, friends!

We're beginning - again - the process of looking for a crisis pregnancy center with which we can partner.  Our aim is to offer Bethany House as an outpost for such a ministry in Mount Sterling - free of charge and with no strings attached.

We've attempted this offer before, but found reservations - whether against partnering with us because of the Catholic nature of Anglicanism we're not sure.  So please join us in praying that we find fellow Christians who will see the wide-open opportunity we're offering and who will see us as co-laborers in the vineyard of the Lord.

Thank you!
Father Todd

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Sunday Sermon...


Hello, friends!

We’d like to share the Sermon (along with the Prayers of the People and Holy Communion) from Mass on Sunday, May 14, AD 2017 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter, according to the Church’s calendar.


If you can, join us for worship on Sunday!  We dress casually and gather at 10:30am at Bethany House (408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling - across from the MCHS football stadium).

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House.  If you need a ride, call us at 859-404-8374.

God bless you!
The Brothers and Sisters
at Bethany House

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Sunday Sermon...


Hello, friends!

We’d like to share the sermon from Sunday, May 7, AD 2017 – The Fourth Sunday of Easter, according to the Church’s calendar.


If you can, join us for worship on Sunday!  We dress casually and gather at 10:30am at Bethany House (408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling - across from the MCHS football stadium).

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House.  If you need a ride, call us at 859-404-8374.

God bless you!
The Brothers and Sisters
of Bethany House

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Sunday Sermon...


“Have You Seen Jesus?  He’s with You!”

Hello, friends!

We’d like to share the sermon (and more) from Sunday, April 30, AD 2017 – The Third Sunday of Easter, according to the Church’s calendar.

If you can, join us for worship on Sunday!  We dress casually and gather at 10:30am at Bethany House (408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling - across from the MCHS football stadium).

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House.  If you need a ride, call us at 859-404-8374.

God bless you!
The Brothers and Sisters
at Bethany House

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

From the vicar...

Dear Friends,

As Christians in the Anglican way, we aim to live the Gospel of Life.  We believe that a Christian cannot support things like abortion or euthanasia.  But we also believe that Christians (together and individually) must do everything we can to support and care for those who are questioning God's gift of life.

I think you will find this article from BreakPoint a helpful read.  Christian Supporters of Abortion?

Each of us needs a theology of life - a way of applying and living what the Bible teaches us about God's gift of life.  May you find a place where God is calling you to minister his love and mercy to those questioning his gift of life!

God bless you!
Father Todd

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Fond and Fervent Prayer...


Amen and amen!!

Lord, give us a fidgety, squirmy, can't-sit-still crowd of young families each Sunday (and Thursday, too)!

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Sunday Sermon...


Hello, friends!

We’d like to share the sermon from Sunday, April 23, AD 2017 – The Second Sunday of Easter, according to the Church’s calendar (see the video below).

This was a very special Lord’s Day – not only was it the Second Sunday of Easter (on the Church’s calendar, Easter is not just a day, it’s a season beginning on Resurrection Sunday and ending on Pentecost Sunday!), it was also Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Image of our Lord Jesus above is called the Divine Mercy.  Why?  Because it shows the blood and water which flowed from his heart (when his side was pierced as he hung upon the cross).  The blood and water represent the mercy that is shed upon sinners.

The Second Sunday of Easter is always Divine Mercy Sunday because the Gospel reading on that Sunday is always John 20:19-31.  In it, the risen Jesus enters the upper room on the evening of Resurrection Day, shows himself to the disciples, breathes on them, and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

The mercy made real on the cross is now given to us in the forgiveness of sins!  Father Todd’s sermon from this Sunday focuses in on that glorious truth.

If you can, join us for worship on Sunday!  We dress casually and gather at 10:30am at Bethany House (408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling - across from the MCHS football stadium).

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House.  If you need a ride, call us at 859-404-8374.

God bless you!
The Brothers and Sisters
of Bethany House

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mass from Resurrection Sunday...


Hello, friends!

We’d like to share the video from Mass on Sunday, April 16, AD 2017 – The Feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection.

If you can, join us for worship on Sunday!  We dress casually and gather at 10:30am at Bethany House (408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling - across from the MCHS football stadium).

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House and, if you need a ride, you can call 859-404-8374.

God bless you!
The Brothers and Sisters
at Bethany House

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

An Easter Invitation...


Hello, Friends!

Join us for The Feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday!

We’ll gather at Bethany House at 10:30am and celebrate the Good News that Jesus is alive and reigns for evermore!

Dress comfortably (we’re not trying to impress anyone!) and if you need a ride, call us at 859-404-8374.

God bless you!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Rosary Prayer Group...


From the vicar...

Here are the devotions I wrote for tonight’s Rosary prayer group at Bethany House (in case you’d like to use them again).  They begin with the prayers for the virtues of faith, hope, and love.  Then come the five Joyful Mysteries (the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Holy Nativity, the Presentation, and the Find of Jesus in the Temple).  Each devotion is followed by the Our Father, Ten Hail Mary’s (during which we contemplate the Gospel scene given to us in the devotion), and the Glory Be...

For the Virtue of Faith: Lord Jesus, pour into us the gift of faith.  Deepen our trust in what you reveal about yourself.  Fill us with the knowledge of who you are.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that the beauty of your Son would fill every corner of our souls.

For the Virtue of Hope: Lord Jesus, help us to lean on you.  When we are weak and worried, teach us to look to you for our provision and victory.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that the sturdiness of your Son would fill every corner of our souls.

For the Virtue of Love: Lord Jesus, help us to love as you love.  Separate from us all desire to hold something back.  Teach us to love you and our neighbors with complete abandon.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that the passion of your Son would fill every corner of our souls.


The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation of our Lord Jesus to the Blessed Virgin.

Was it daytime?  Was it evening or deepest night?  We don’t know.  What we do know is that in a private moment – a moment of grace and mercy – the archangel appeared to a Virgin and startled her.  It wasn’t, perhaps, so much his presence as his words: “Greetings, favored one!  The Lord is with you.”  He went on to say: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”  Had she prayed for a life of significance in the eyes of the Lord?  Had she gone out of her way to be holy?  We don’t know.  Probably, she had thought very little of herself.  And that is probably why the angel’s words startled her.

Lord Jesus, take us out of ourselves.  Turn our eyes to you: To you in the Blessed Sacrament, to you in your Word, to you in our prayers and worship, and to you in those around us – especially in those who rub us the wrong way.  Startle us to find you there and to see that we were chosen to be there with you.

Holy Mother, pray for us, that we would lose ourselves in your Son.


The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of the Blessed Mother to Saint Elizabeth.

Sometimes good news, just like bad news, must be commiserated over.  Sometimes the surprise must be incubated, carefully tended, and nurtured with someone who understands.  The angel told Mary that a similar surprise had been sprung on her relatives Elizabeth and Zechariah.  Elizabeth was thought to be barren, and Zechariah had just been struck unable to speak – but they, too, were about to have a baby.  Yes, they would understand.  She could share with Elizabeth what the Lord had shared with her.  She could find comfort and consolation in the presence of another soul chosen by the Lord.

Lord Jesus, the words and promises you bring into our lives are usually given reality as we share them with trusted companions in your family.  Grant us the gift of finding our “Elizabeths”, that we might make sense of what you’re telling us and understand where you’re sending us.

Holy Mother, pray for us, that your Son would send us such companions.


The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

When a gift has been announced and pondered, it must then be given.  The gift coming forth from the God-bearer was, of course, God with us, Emmanuel.  Unlike most of us, though, Mary deeply understood that the gift she was about to bear was not only for, but the whole world.  She seems to have been prepared – by the words of the angel and the counsel she took with Elizabeth – for the reality that her Son would not belong to her alone.  By stages, the Lord was preparing her for the onslaught of the world into her private life.  So it’s not surprising that when the shepherds showed up, making “known what had been told them about this Child,” she “treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.”

Lord Jesus, we say that we belong to you.  We say that we do not belong to ourselves.  We know that we should hold all your gifts – especially the gift of our lives – with open hands.  But you know  how often we fail; how often we cling to your gifts instead of giving them away, not trusting you to supply us all the more because we have loved generously – as you love.  Lord Jesus, gently hold our hands open.

Holy Mother, pray for us, that we would live in the promise of your Son’s generosity.


The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple.

Because we live in a fallen and troubled world, we know that any gift we offer can – and often will – be destroyed.  We can’t imagine how the joy of that presentation day in the Temple turned to sorrow.  We can’t imagine how the radiance of Simeon’s face must’ve delighted Mary’s proud mother-heart.  What joy it must’ve been to hear him say “my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”  But there were other words, too – words that confirmed the status of this little boy: “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed – and a sword will pierce your own soul, too.”

Lord Jesus, we struggle to hear the words that tell us of trouble.  We struggle to know that faithfulness may mean suffering and heartache.  We struggle to let ourselves draw closer to you because of this.  We want to tightly wrap up our gift and run away to protect it.  Help us, instead, to offer it all the more faithfully to you and your world.

Holy Mother, pray for us, that we would not allow our hearts to become hardened.


The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.

When we give our gifts away, we find that they’ll do the most remarkable things.  They will surprise and astonish us.  Better still, the Giver of our gifts will shine through us when, at last, we let go.  This was a hard lesson for Mary and Joseph to learn – it’s harder still for us!  But losing Jesus in the crowd and spending three days searching for him brought home the extravagant magnificence of God’s gift to his world.  They “found Jesus in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.”  How could it be otherwise?  This gift is God with us, Emmanuel.

Lord Jesus, we want to put you in a box and package you into something we can understand.  But you won’t have it.  You will do all you can to startle, surprise, and stretch us.  Remind us of this as we enter Holy Week.  Prepare us to see you anew, knowing that we need to see the real gift you’ve brought us, not something on our wish list.

Holy Mother, pray for us, that we will see your Son as he is.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

“Face-time” with Jesus...


From the vicar…

My heart is still singing following Mass this morning at Bethany House!  What an amazing God we serve – a God who loves us, knows us each by name, and who is calling us to enter more deeply into his life of grace and mercy!

I went back to Bethany House this evening to pray Evening Prayer and to sit quietly in the Presence of Jesus (his Sacramental Presence in the Tabernacle).  I was amazed, as I always am, at the sense of peace I find in entering Bethany House and the Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha.

As the Lord spoke to me through his word and in my heart, I couldn’t help but wonder how many people pass Bethany House each day, not knowing what they’re passing.  Yes, the sign is out front.  Yes, the cross sits atop the roof.  But do they know that Jesus is both spiritually and physically present (in the reserve Sacrament in the Tabernacle) in that little house?

I’m so thankful for what the Lord has given us in Bethany House.  I prayed a simple prayer tonight, as I let the Lord spill his love over me:

“Lord Jesus, call us – and your whole Church – out of our concerns, fears, and complacency.  Enable us to take the risks involved in following you without reserve.  Give us the grace to say ‘yes’ when you ask us to overcome our fear of the unknown or when you ask us to surrender something we have loved or when you lead us into the depths of other peoples’ problems.  Lord Jesus, strengthen us to become stronger disciples.”

If you haven’t begun making time for Eucharistic Adoration (quietly sitting with Jesus in the Chapel, listening to him, bearing your heart to him, praying the Daily Office or the Rosary), please consider doing so.  Yes, we can pray anywhere.  But Bethany House, the Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha, is an outpost of heaven (like every Church with a Tabernacle that houses the Blessed Sacrament).

“Face-time” with Jesus makes all the difference!  Spend some time with him.  You’ll love it – and you’ll love him more deeply – I can vouch for it!!

God bless you, brothers and sisters!
Father Todd

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Prodigal Son Reminder...


Hello, friends!

Don’t forget to read the Preface and Introduction of Father Henri Nouwen’s “Return of the Prodigal Son” for Thursday evening’s Soup & Study!

The journal questions are in this week’s “Our Life Together” – there are still copies of the Preface/Introduction and “Our Life Together” in the narthex at Bethany House.

See you Thursday evening!
Father Todd

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rosary Prayer Group...


From the vicar...

Here are the devotions I wrote for tonight’s Rosary prayer group at Bethany House (in case you’d like to use them again).  They begin with the prayers for the virtues of faith, hope, and love.  Then come the five Sorrowful Mysteries (the agony in the garden, the scourging, the crowning with thorns, the carrying of the cross, and the crucifixion)...

For the Virtue of Faith: Lord Jesus, pour into us the gift of faith.  Deepen our trust in what you reveal about yourself.  Fill us with the knowledge of who you are.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that the beauty of your Son would fill every corner of our souls.

For the Virtue of Hope: Lord Jesus, help us to lean on you.  When we are weak and worried, teach us to look to you for our provision and victory.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that the sturdiness of your Son would fill every corner of our souls.

For the Virtue of Love: Lord Jesus, help us to love as you love.  Separate from us all desire to hold something back.  Teach us to love you and our neighbors with complete abandon.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that the passion of your Son would fill every corner of our souls.

The First Sorrowful Mystery – The Agony of our Lord Jesus in the Garden: Lord Jesus, you asked the disciples to stay awake with you, to be near you, to wait and watch with you.  They did not.  Too often, we fall prey to the same weakness in our walk with you.  We are distracted or we talk ourselves into following you with less passion and attentiveness.  We sit with you now.  We want to hear your voice.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that we may hear what the disciples missed.

The Second Sorrowful Mystery – The Scourging of our Lord Jesus at the Post: Lord Jesus, you were led like a lamb to the slaughter.  The Roman soldiers literally pulled your flesh from you as they whipped you.  We confess that we do the same when we allow our thoughts and words to become biting and hurtful.  Whether we speak them against you or our neighbors, they wound you most of all.  We see your eyes.  We see the pain.  We see the imploring call to forgive.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that we may surrender our hurts to the Lamb of God.

The Third Sorrowful Mystery – The Crowing of our Lord Jesus with Thorns: Lord Jesus, as the soldiers mocked you, they pierced your brow with thorns and covered you with a purple cloak.  We deeply suspect that their mocking was fueled by fear and anxiety – the fear and anxiety that rise up when our fallen nature comes into contact with your holiness.  Even though it was meant to demean you, your kingly nature shown through the blood and pain.  Silence our fears and doubts, King Jesus, and raise us up in your love.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that our hearts would render to your Son the homage due our King.

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery – The Carrying of the Cross by our Lord Jesus: Lord Jesus, in taking up the cross you opened your wounds; you felt the insult being added to the injury.  What we forget is that the weight of that cross was the weight of our sinfulness multiplied billions of times.  When you took that cross upon your shoulders, you took us upon your shoulders.  You carried us to Calvary, to show us what love could do.  In our hearts we feel shame, but we know your heart only felt love.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that our hearts and minds would fall silent before this miracle.

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery – The Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus: Lord Jesus, our astonishment at your love and friendship is pierced by the sound of the hammer striking the nails.  The cries of your agony make us want to stand far from you.  We want to forget about you, just like the disciples in the garden.  And even though we want to stand far off, we know that we cannot.  We struggle to come nearer to you.  We fight the images of our sins – the sins that are holding you to the cross and tearing life from you.  But we also know that you are setting us free.  You are building a bridge for us, that we might walk back to the Father and be filled with the Spirit.  Holy Mother, pray for us, that the agony we see will for ever change us.

God bless you!
Father Todd

Monday, March 20, 2017

God’s True Identity...


From the vicar...

Be careful, Church.  Contrary to popular sentiment, God is not what the movies or novels say.  Stories like “The Shack” are allegory and helpful, but they are NOT sacred Scripture.  God is who the Bible says he is.

God is not a little boy sharing a Twinkie or a homeless woman.  As Christians we seek to serve and love such persons as if they were Jesus, but we do not identify them as God.

This is an important distinction - we do not worship a fellow human being.  Let God’s Word - the Bible - be your touchstone for thinking on this issue.  Be careful what you believe and share, and where you get your information.

God’s identity is a matter of his self-revelation to us in sacred Scripture, not a matter of fanciful story-making that has no grounding in reality.  What we believe about God’s identity determines whether or not we are redeemed from sin and death.

Father Todd

Monday, March 13, 2017

New Beginnings Fashion Show...


Hey, Bethany House​ family and friends!

Don't forget this great opportunity to join New Beginnings - this coming Saturday (March 18) in Winchester!

Join us at the Fashion Show fundraiser for New Beginnings on Saturday at 11am.  Please join us.

Go to New Beginnings and give any donation and tell us the number of tickets to reserve for you.  We want you there!

Support life - help New Beginnings to help others.

Some Good News...


The exodus from the apostate Episcopal Church continues.

The large and evangelically vibrant Diocese of South Carolina (one of the original dioceses that formed the Episcopal Church in 1785 - following the separation from the Church of England after American independence was won from Great Britain) has voted to join the Anglican Church in North America!

You can read more here: Diocese of South Carolina to Join ACNA

Welcome home, brothers and sisters!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Lenten Thought...


From the vicar...

I hate to say this, but sometimes believers in Jesus can be the most self-absorbed people on the face of the earth.  Maybe this Lent should be about the Lord squeezing all the self-absorption out of us, making us ready to receive more of him?  Just a thought (after all, he was squeezed, abused, stricken, mocked, and crucified - just for love of us).

Father Todd

Monday, February 27, 2017

An Invitation...


Dear friends,

The beginning of Lent is upon us.  Join us for Ash Wednesday Mass at Bethany House at 7:00pm - this Wednesday, March 1.

Lent is a time for drawing nearer to Jesus, for having our blind-spots revealed to us, and for finding healing in his love and mercy.

Bethany House is 408 Levee Road - across from the MCHS football stadium.  Call 859-404-8374 if you need a ride.

God bless you!

A New Gift...

Hello, friends!

We’re happy to share these pictures of our new Lenten Altar frontal and pulpit scarf made by one of the ladies at Bethany House - our very own Alice Borland!

These were made from the material used as Lenten frontal/covers for our previous Altar.  As we make our way through the Church year, new frontals and scarfs will appear - Red for Holy Week and Pentecost, Gold for Easter and Christmas, Green for Trinitytide and Epiphanytide, and Violet/Blue for Advent.

Each set of frontals and pulpit scarfs matches our set of chasubles (also made by Alice) for each season of the Church year.  We are truly blessed to have someone with the talent to craft these items, that we might enjoy them throughout the year!




Monday, February 20, 2017

An Update from Bethany House...


Hello, MAMA Church Family and Friends!

My goodness, what news we have for you!  The brothers and sisters of Mary and Martha at Bethany House are on the move - and we sure could use your help!  We’re in the process of moving, full throttle, into ministry with New Beginnings of Winchester, into the collection of maternity and baby supplies, and even into some further changes to Bethany House itself.

On Thursday, March 9, we’ll be meeting with Lisa Whitaker - the Executive Director of New Beginnings - so she can see our facility, give us our “marching orders”, and make preparations for mothers’ and fathers’ mentoring classes that New Beginnings will be conducting at Bethany House.  To help further the ministry of New Beginnings at Bethany House, the brothers and sisters of Mary and Martha are ramping up - rapidly - the collection of items to help new mothers and their families.  We’re looking to collect donations of everything from maternity clothes to baby clothes to all sorts of baby supplies.

In addition, the remodeling of Bethany House is continuing.  We’re pulling up old carpet and finding, to our great delight, beautiful wood floors!  We’re also continuing the fundraising and search for chairs for the Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha at Bethany House - to help facilitate the needs of New Beginnings.  After we’ve refinished a small area of flooring, we’ll be moving on with further painting in preparation for housing New Beginnings at Bethany House.

Finally, we’d like to ask for your help.  Here are some ways you can help us:

1. Pray for us, that we would follow the will of the Lord in all that we do;

2. Donate maternity and/or baby supplies (for those who are far away, you can mail supplies or send a check to MAMA Church, PO Box 502, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353);

3. Donate to our “Chair Fund” by going to our “Go Fund Me” page - https://www.gofundme.com/chairs-for-bethany-house - or by sending us a check (to MAMA Church Chair Fund to MAMA Church, PO Box 502, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353);

4. If you’re on Facebook (or are willing to forward this e-mail to your friends), we sure would appreciate you “liking” our Bethany House Facebook page and sharing our posts on your own Facebook page.  Every time you share our posts, our reach and audience of potential helpers is multiplied!

We thank the Lord for each of you, and pray his blessings on your lives.  If you have a prayer concern you would like us to lift up, please let us know!

God bless you!
The Brothers and Sisters of Mary and
Martha at Bethany House

The Sunday Sermon...

Hello, friends!

We’d like to share the sermon from Mass on Sunday, February 19, AD 2017 – The Seventh Sunday of Epiphanytide, according to the Church’s calendar.


If you can, join us for worship on Sunday!  We dress casually and gather at 10:30am at Bethany House (408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling - across from the MCHS football stadium).

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House and, if you need a ride, you can call 859-404-8374.

God bless you!
The Brothers and Sisters of Mary and
Martha at Bethany House

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Donation Request...


Hello, friends!

We need baby supplies!  Over the next few months Bethany House will be launching a ministry to unexpectedly expecting mothers.

We need baby clothes (new or gently used), maternity clothes (new or gently used), all sorts of baby supplies (everything from bottles to baby wipes - even cribs and car seats).

Please call 859-404-8374 with donation information - we'll come and pick it up or you can come to Bethany House!

THANK YOU!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

An Invitation...


Hey!  Join us for Evening Prayer at Bethany House on Thursday (Feb. 9) at 7:00pm - followed by dessert and coffee!

We’re at 408 Levee Road in Mount Sterling.  Call 859-404-8374 if you need a ride!

God bless you!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Special Announcement...

Mass at Bethany House is Cancelled for this Sunday.

Hello, friends!  I’ve just returned from the doctor’s office - I do indeed have the flu and was advised to steer clear of people until Monday.  I specifically asked about Mass on Sunday, and Doc said it would not be a good idea.  Even though I hate to do this, I do NOT want to expose anyone to the flu virus.  So, we’ll be safe rather than sorry and cancel Mass for Sunday, February 5.

God bless you!
Father Todd

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Sunday Sermon...

Hello!  We’d like to share the sermon from Mass on Sunday, January 29, AD 2017 – The Fourth Sunday of Epiphanytide, according to the Church’s calendar.

If you can, join us for worship on Sunday!  We dress casually and gather at 10:30am at Bethany House (408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling - across from the MCHS football stadium).

There’s lots of parking behind Bethany House and, if you need a ride, you can call 859-404-8374.

God bless you!
The Brothers and Sisters of Mary and
Martha at Bethany House

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Message from Our Archbishop...


Dear MAMA Church Family,

What follows is a message from our Archbishop - beyond politics and personal preference.  The leader of our Province (along with the College of Bishops) is calling the faithful of the Anglican Church in North America to pray and to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  He writes...

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As a province that spans Canada, the United States, and Mexico we face unique challenges on issues affecting refugees and immigration. I am thankful for our congregations that are a part of the Anglican Immigrant Initiative. They have taken the lead in caring for those in our communities who are refugees and immigrants, showing the love of Christ to the most vulnerable.

This week, I encourage you to follow their example, and make a special effort to reach out to refugees and immigrants in your local community. In these divisive times, we have the opportunity to demonstrate a compassion that builds bridges, and overcomes fear.

In our province we also have lawmakers who face a different, but related set of challenging moral issues. As public servants, they are called to carefully discern how best to respond to the global humanitarian need while also maintaining the appropriate role of government in protecting its citizens. There are no easy answers to how our nations should balance these priorities, and our leaders need your prayers.

In light of the Syrian refugee crisis, changes in US immigration policy, and the way these changes will affect us all, I ask you to join me in prayer. Please pray for the poor, the refugee, and all immigrant families whose lives are made more complex, and sometimes more desperate by these events. Please also join me in praying for all those in positions of public trust who seek wisdom in the formation of the laws and policies of our respective governments.

A Collect for Refugees and Immigrants:
Heavenly Father, from whom every family on earth derives its name, have mercy on all those who sojourn in this world.  As you sheltered your Son Jesus who fled from the tyranny of Herod, so now provide new homes for all those who flee the violence of this age that they may know the peace of Christ.  Grace your people with hearts of welcome and lives of courage through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

A Collect for Government Leaders:
O Lord our Governor, whose glory fills all the world: We commend our nations to your merciful care, that we may be guided by your Providence, and dwell secure in your peace.  Grant to the Justin, Prime Minister of Canada, Donald, President of the United States, and Enrique, President of Mexico, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them continually mindful of their calling to serve the people in reverent obedience to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.  Amen.