Days of Healing Prayer provide opportunities to hear teachings on prayer and to receive healing prayer. These Saturdays dedicated to prayer are offered for St. Michael’s parishioners as well as the wider community, as an outreach, sharing the healing power of God’s love poured out through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Typically, two Days of Healing Prayer are offered every year. Some Days of Healing Prayer have featured special speakers as well, including Norma Dearing, Rick Belser, Barbara Shlemon Ryan, Nigel Mumford, and Joanne Ellison.
Our next Day of Healing Prayer will be on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Our featured speaker is the Rev. John Barr.
The Rev. John Barr was born at Sewanee, Tennessee in 1949. He attended the University of the South and graduated with a degree in English and a minor in philosophy. After graduating, he taught English at the Baylor School in Chattanooga where he developed the Baylor Mountaineering Program. Seminary years took him to Virginia Seminary and he later earned a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary in 2000. John is married to Laura and they have three children and four grandchildren.
He retired from being the Rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter, South Carolina in 2014 and now lives in Columbia with his wife, Laura. He served as a Dean of the Diocese of South Carolina and now serves as Chairman of the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese.
His delight is to bring the biblical gospel of redemption in teaching and preaching (most recently in the Edinburgh Diocese in Scotland and at the University of Toronto, Wycliffe College). Other delights are being a grandfather, fly-fishing, playing the fiddle and clawhammer banjo, black coffee, writing for the daily Bible study guide Encounter with God, and the high privilege of watching the grace of Christ reconstruct lives.
On this Day of Healing Prayer, our topic is Reversing a Withered Life.
When Jesus tells the one and only parable in John’s gospel, He lifts out to us the promised gift of our dwelling in His very own life. When we remain in Him, it is a life of joy – living in a relaxed state of grace and un-frantic purposefulness. However, Jesus says something else we forget: When we are severed from Him, as a branch is severed from the vine, we wither. “If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers (John 15:6).”
There are so many ways we fall into that withered life. There are the digital world’s distractions that fragment our hearts. There are disappointments that take up permanent residence in us to the point where we just don’t care anymore. There are the subtle poisons of long-term un-forgiveness and bitterness that wither us through the years and steal the oxygen of living. There are addictions we hardly recognize, which leave us diminished and too imprisoned for the “fullness of joy.”
Jesus in his grace promises a reversal, a de-withering of our lives, a re-forged heart that is gathered to His own heart. His coming to us again and again is to reverse our withered lives!
Schedule for the Day
8:45 am Registration
9:00 am Worship
1st Teaching: The Rev. John Barr
10:15 am Prayer Ministry
11:15 am Holy Communion for Generational Healing
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Worship
2nd Teaching: The Rev. John Barr
1:45 pm Prayer Ministry
2:45 pm Adjourn
All occurs in the Church, at the corners of Meeting and Broad.
($20 per person, includes lunch)
Please make checks payable to: St. Michael’s Church
Mail registration to St. Michael’s Church Day of Healing Prayer
71 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Parking is available in the parking garage on Meeting Street behind the County Building.
Questions? Please contact 843-723-0603 or e-mail email@example.com