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

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.

A Very Special Gift...

MAMA Church has the nicest friends!

Father Gene Prince generously donated a new lectern/pulpit to Bethany House - it arrived this week and we used it for the first time this morning at Mass.  It’s so lovely and is a vast improvement over the music stand we were using!

Thank you, Father Gene!



Monday, January 23, 2017

The Sunday Sermon...

Hello!  We’re happy to share the sermon from Mass on Sunday, January 22, AD 2017 – The Third 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

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Presence of Jesus...


From the vicar...

I wish I could find the words to express the joy and peace I find each time I enter the Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha at Bethany House.

Because our Lord is physically present in the Chapel (in the Tabernacle behind the Altar), that joy and peace are more than just a feeling.  When we enter that Chapel (or any Church or Chapel with a Tabernacle), we are entering into the physical and spiritual presence of Jesus.

The atmosphere in that place is different.  Each Church or Chapel with a Tabernacle is an outpost of heaven on earth.  Why?  Because Jesus promised to be with us until the end of the age.  How?  Through more than just a vague spiritual presence - he told us that he is physically present in Holy Communion.  The Bread and Wine are his Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.  He eagerly waits in the Tabernacle for us to come to him!

If you haven't had the chance to sit quietly with Jesus in the Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha - to adore him, love him, talk with him, pour your heart out to him - I invite you to do so!  You won't regret it - it's time spent in heaven!

God bless you!
Father Todd

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Sunday Sermon...

Hello!  We want to share with you the sermon from Mass on Sunday, January 15, AD 2017 – The Second 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!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Something extraordinary...

From the vicar...

Something quite extraordinary happened this evening.  I was in the Chapel at Bethany House, praying the Rosary - my head was bowed and my eyes were closed.  I was contemplating the fourth of the joyful mysteries - the presentation of our Lord in the Temple.

As I was asking the Lord to fill us with the kind of steadiness he gave Mary and Joseph in the face of unexpected events and revelations, it suddenly felt as though the Chapel was filled with angels - that they were preparing the space for our worship in the morning.

I dared not open my eyes.  But it was as though I could feel them working and removing any obstacles to our seeing Jesus more clearly.

God bless you!
Father Todd

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Sunday Sermon...

Hey!  We invite you to take a moment to view the sermon from Mass on The Feast of Our Lord’s Baptism on January 8, 2017.

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 you can call 859-404-8374 if you need a ride.

God bless you!

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Word About Communion...


I’m often asked, “Why do Anglicans worship the way they do?”  What’s being asked is, why do we celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday (and, in some parishes, on some or all weekdays)?  It’s an honest and good question that deserves an honest and good answer.  And, since our worship is ancient rather than free-form, there really is a good answer!

Worship, for Anglicans, is about more than singing wonderful songs of faith and hearing a good sermon - as important as those things are.  Ultimately, it’s about receiving the very Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in Holy Communion.  We believe what the Bible says about Communion: It’s the very Body and Blood of Jesus, not a symbol or a remembrance only.

Jesus said, “This IS my Body.”   He said, “This IS my Blood.”  He also said, “Unless you eat my Flesh and drink my Blood you have no life in you.”  It’s pretty simple - no somersaults, no tricks, no hidden meaning. Jesus said it, we believe it, that settles it.

Come and receive the fullness of Jesus with us!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Special Celebration...

Come and celebrate the Feast of Our Lord’s Baptism this Sunday, January 8th at 10:30am!

Join us at Bethany House - 408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling (across from the MCHS football stadium).  We have lots of parking behind Bethany House!

Call 859-404-8374 if you need a ride.  God bless you!