By Charleston Mercury Staff

Days of Healing Prayer provide opportunities to hear teachings on prayer and to receive healing prayer. St. Michael’s Church will host its next DOHP on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. and includes lunch. The church press release stressed that these Saturdays dedicated to prayer are offered for all seeking to experience the “outreach, sharing the healing power of God’s love poured out through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.”


This fall’s featured speaker is the Rev. John Barr, a gregarious clergyman with many ties to the Palmetto State. 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 degree from Fuller Seminary in 2000.

He retired as the rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter, South Carolina in 2014 and now lives in Columbia with his wife, Laura; they have three children and four grandchildren. He served as a dean of the Diocese of South Carolina and now serves as chairman of the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese.

He says that his delight is to “bring the biblical gospel of redemption in teaching and preaching.” 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 Nov. 14, the topic is “Reversing a Withered Life.” The Rev. Barr explains his teaching as understanding the one and only parable in John’s gospel and he says, “Jesus 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.” He continues: “However, Jesus says something else we forget:  When we are severed from Him, as a branch is severed from the vine, we wither.” The Rev. Barr points to John 15:6 as the source of his teaching and quotes, “If anyone does not abide in me, he is thrown away like a branch and withers.”

The teaching will demonstrate the many ways we fall into that withered life. We witness what the Rev. Barr calls “the digital world’s distractions that fragment our hearts.” Further, some suffer from the “disappointments that take up permanent residence in us to the point where we just don’t care anymore.” He calls these the “subtle poisons of long-term un-forgiveness and bitterness that wither us through the years and steal the oxygen of living.” In addition, he advises that we may wish to search for those “addictions we hardly recognize, which leave us diminished and too imprisoned for the fullness of joy.”

The Rev. Barr clarifies that he is not the key but that “Jesus in his grace promises a reversal, a de-withering of our lives, a re-forged heart that is gathered to His own heart.” Those keen to hear this teaching in person at the corners of Meeting and Broad may register online at the church’s website, or send $20 per person to St. Michael’s Church Day of Healing Prayer, 71 Broad Street, Charleston, S.C. 29401. Those with questions may ring the church at (843) 723-0603 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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