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

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.