Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Über Christ Follower Mary Barrett

marybarrettWhen I was young in ministry, the highlight of my year was the Pastors' Conference every January at Calvary Chapel Merritt Island. The Worship Band assembled by Pastor Malcom Wilde is amazing. The group is lead by Mary Barrett. She is talented, gifted, and anointed in incredible measures. The only thing that exceeds these is her humility. And you know as well as I that it's rare that a worship leader has humility at the top of his/her list of attributes. It's rare for any of us, in fact. Her humility and giftedness ushers all listeners directly into the presence of God. My favorite song performed by her is the worship anthem Alpha and Omega. I get chills just thinking about as I type.

At the conference I just returned from, Gayle Erwin put out a prayer request for Mary. Recently, Mary was diagnosed with Carcino-Sarcoma, a rare life threatening cancer. This is incredibly sad news.

The word on the street is that her husband has quit his job to care for her. This is an incredible sacrifice for the family so CC Merritt Island has set up a mechanism for receiving donations to carry this couple through this time financially. Gayle said something about a compilation CD being either available or in production. As soon as I find out how to link to that info, I'll put the link here on my blog. I also noticed on Mary' blog that they have a pick-up truck for sale. You know you've been thinking about getting something with some towing power. It's no coincidence this blog post has found it's way onto your computer screen.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for letting us know! Mary has blessed our congregation several times over the past several years and we have grown to love her dearly. She is such a beloved sister in the Lord and we will be praying.

lynne in modesto

jody said...

I am praying. I've never met her, but just from what I've read she is amazing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information on Mary. I heard her at the High Sierra Pastor/Leadership Conference in Lake Tahoe. The room was rocking as we all sang "It don't matter where you bury me...for I'll be home and I'll be free."

Much Love,
Jan Arant

Anonymous said...

Mary changed her residence to the Kings Palace around 11pm November 10. Shes home, and she's free.

keep her husband Joe, and her friends and family at CC Merritt Island Fl in your prayers.