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Oh Loving God, Help us

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I thought I’d let Robert Louis Stevenson’s Christmas poem speak for me this month. The song of the month Oh, Loving God, Help Us, was inspired and written around his offering.

“Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Call me, text me, tweet me, message me, email me, write me… we were brought together by God for a reason.

As always, remember you can send an anonymous email to prayer@eddymann.com for prayers and encouragement.

Love you all,
Pray on,
Eddy

December Notes

#LS Cover* 1There’s another release this month from the Love Strands album. The past two drops have been received well with Grace Is Not A Blue-Eyed Blonde receiving a surprising number of responses from the United Kingdom.

The Winter Run ’19 will be short on stops, but not on substance. I can’t wait to see you, pray with you, and worship with you again. There are a few unconfirmed dates as of this writing so keep an eye out for additional events.

Now go, and play nice!

Song of the Month

 

Winter Run ’19

Friday, December 06, 2019 – New Song Cafe, Mays Landing, NJ
Saturday, December 07, 2019 – Souled Out Basement, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, December 14, 2019 – Hope Community Church, King of Prussia, PA
Sunday, December 15, 2019 – Blessed Hope Church of the Nazarene, Phillipsburg, NJ
Saturday, December 21, 2019 – TBA
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 – Conshohocken UMC, Conshohocken, PA
Saturday, January 03, 2019 – TBA
Saturday, January 10, 2020 – Lifegate Coffeehouse, Somers Point, NJ
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Grace Is Not A Blue-Eyed Blonde

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As November unfolds it always makes me aware of my blessings, and just how grateful I am for them. There’s a song on the Love Strands album called Grace Is Not A Blue-Eyed Blonde. It’s a song about the wonders of God’s grace, and it seemed appropriate for this month of thanksgiving.

Grace finds me when I’m not looking
Grace loves me when I’m not worthy
Grace visits me when I don’t deserve it
Grace is not a blue-eyed blonde
~ Eddy Mann

Call me, text me, tweet me, message me, email me, write me… we were brought together by God for a reason.

As always, remember you can send an anonymous email to prayer@eddymann.com for prayers and encouragement.

Love you all,
Pray on,
Eddy

November Notes

#LS Cover* 1Susan and I have finally made it to our southern home. It was a long time coming. We’ve experienced a vivid season of loss over the past six months. Even as we arrived, as we pulled into the driveway, we lost yet another piece of our world. Yet as November reveals itself I feel the need to be thankful. I find God’s grace to be an amazing comfort in all seasons, and so it’s loving grace that’ll reenergize me, refocus me, and prayerfully renew me this month.

Now go, and play nice!

Song of the Month


Winter Run ’19

Friday, December 06, 2019 – New Song Cafe, Mays Landing, NJ
Saturday, December 07, 2019 – Souled Out Basement, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, December 14, 2019 – Hope Community Church, King of Prussia, PA
Saturday, January 10, 2020 – Lifegate Coffeehouse, Somers Point, NJ
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A Gethsemane Wink

My prayer life is a work in progress. It seems it’s always under construction as I search for a deeper place to connect with God. On my next release, there’s a song called ‘A Gethsemane Wink’ in which I bare a bit of my journey, both the successes and also the shortcomings. After all, being broken means we never arrive and there’s always more work to be done.

I’m a prayer whisperer in need of a Gethsemane wink
~ Eddy Mann

Call me, text me, tweet me, message me, email me, write me… we were brought together by God for a reason.

As always, remember you can send an anonymous email to prayer@eddymann.com for prayers and encouragement.

Love you all,
Pray on,
Eddy

October Notes

#LS Cover* 1Over the weeks to come, I’ll be releasing songs from a new project called ‘Love Strands.’ The seeds of this album can be traced back to the spring of 2015 when I was experiencing a season of despair. In that moment of waiting, I was awakened to some of the most beautiful strands of love. As is my way, those sweet images and memories usually get shared through the medium of song. In this case, they make up the body of this work. It’s a genuine blessing to be able to share them, even if it’s one at a time.

Now go, and play nice!

Song of the Month

Winter Run ’19

Friday, December 06, 2019 – New Song Cafe, Mays Landing, NJ
Saturday, December 07, 2019 – Souled Out Basement, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, December 15, 2019 – Hope Community Church, King of Prussia, PA
Saturday, January 10, 2020 – Lifegate Coffeehouse, Somers Point, NJ
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The Ballad of Kerr

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As the Summer Run comes to a close, it’s time to reflect for just a moment on all the blessings that have been poured out on our lives. That’s not to say that there haven’t been concerns. In writing this I remembered a song from the Dyo album back in 2003. It’s called The Balled of Kerr, and it shares the optimistic view of a dear departed friend (Ed Kerr), that when asked how he was doing, always responded, ‘nothing bad ever happens to me, because Jesus loves me.’ And yes, that’s my youngest (Maddy) singing.

Eddie was a guiding light
A beacon of hope in the darkest night
Whenever the water rose above his head
He smiled and laughed and then he said …
‘Nothing bad ever happens to me’
~ Eddy Mann

Call me, text me, tweet me, message me, email me, write me… we were brought together by God for a reason.

As always, remember you can send an anonymous email to prayer@eddymann.com for prayers and encouragement.

September Notes

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As of this writing, there are still a few Summer Run dates to be completed. I’ve been blessed by the opportunities to share and hang with you all summer, and I’m looking forward to growing in the new relationships that have been a result of those gatherings. If we haven’t caught up yet, there’s still a couple of events left.

This past week Cross Rhythms released a nice review of the Worship in Spirit and Truth album. I really appreciate that they’re embracing diversity in worship music. Check out the review here.

I’m excited about the fall season. There are a number of projects near or completed for release, so keep an eye out for the new sights and sounds. I’ve also got a couple of new ministry opportunities that I’m praying over. Your prayers for clarity are welcome.

Now go, and play nice!

Song of the Month

Remaining Summer Sun

Friday, September 06, 2019 – New Song Cafe, Mays Landing, NJ
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What I Do

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As summer arrives I find myself in the middle of a quest for balance. Being a naturally disciplined and organized person, it’s very easy for me to allow the structured patterns of my life to remove the randomness. So in between the upcoming scheduled dates I’ll be keeping track of what I do.

I saw a shirtless boy with a bag of donuts
watching the sun come up
As I passed him by between his next mouthful
he smiled and asked wassup?
I could see on his face
the innocence behind his tired eyes
I could hear in his voice
the embarrassment beneath his worn out lies
What I do, what I do is immeasurable

I saw a homeless mother in a cotton dress
and a pair of old flip-flops
As I walked on by she lowered her eyes
and murmured something ‘bout those shops
I could see on her face
the loneliness behind her tired eyes
I could hear in her voice
the embarrassment beneath her worn out lies
What I do, what I do is immeasurable

What can I say to you in love
What can I do for you in love

I saw a dusty man with a tear in his eye
sitting on the curb
As I drove on by he raised a sign
that said ‘love is a verb’
I could see on his face
the faithfulness behind his tired eyes
I could hear in his voice though he didn’t speak a word
a hope that never dies
What I do, what I do is immeasurable
~ Eddy Mann

Call me, text me, tweet me, message me, email me, write me… we were brought together by God for a reason.

As always, remember you can send an anonymous email to prayer@eddymann.com for prayers and encouragement.

Love you all,
Pray on,
Eddy

July Notes

#E II CoverThe Endurance album continues to touch folks and that’s a blessing. As I’ve said before, it’s not for everyone, but I’m strengthened and encouraged by your positive prayers and responses.

July’s events are all return engagements, which is exciting in that I get to see some familiar faces, and also we get to share some time in fellowship.Check out the schedule below and on the website.

As you may have gathered from my greeting, this month I’m reading a book called A Life of Balance by K.P. Youannan. It’s been reminding me of the importance of keeping things in balance, and how important that is in staying healthy and honoring God.

Now go, and play nice!

Song of the Month

Summer Schedule

Saturday, June 01 2019 – Karen’s Place, Doylestown, PA
Saturday, June 08, 2019 – Good News Coffee House, Bronxville, NY
Saturday, June 29, 2019 – Trinity United Ministries, Hatboro, PA

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 Ocean Grove Pavilion, Ocean Grove, NJ
Frirday, July 12, 2019 – Friday Night in the Light, Foglesville, PA
Saturday July 13, 2019 – Conquering Grounds, Bensalem, PA
Saturday, July 20, 2019 – Boardwalk Chapel, Wildwood, NJ
Sunday, July 21, 2019 – Lima UMC – Media, PA

Friday, August 03, 2019 – Full Throttle Cafe, New Castle, DE
Saturday, August 04, 2019 – Trinity United Ministries, Hatboro, PA
Saturday, August 10, 2019 – Salem Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove, PA
Monday, August 12, 2019 – Karen’s Place, Doylestown, PA
Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Day in the Son, Malaga, NJ

Friday, September 06, 2019 – New Song Cafe, Mays Landing, NJ
Saturday, September 07, 2019 – B4C Benefit Concert, Philadelphia, PA

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Deliver Me

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Hi Friends,

This week marks the release of an album of prayers called Endurance. Mankind has been singing prayers to God from the beginning of time, and so it continues with this offering. The prayer below is from the collection and is entitled Deliver Me.

O Lord, that I may live
That I may live and breathe, childlike
That I may see through the veil
That I would be dewy-eyed
Deliver me
Deliver me from myself

Pour upon me the cleansing love
That flows to self forgetfulness
Lay upon me the hands of healing
That touch a soul of meekness

O Lord, forgive my ways
Forgive my scanty and meager ways
Deliver me
Deliver me from myself

O Lord, hear my prayer
Hear my prayer of lost and weakness
Hear my pray, hear my prayer
Hear what burdens lay heavy on my heart
Hear the voice that speaks from deep in my soul
Deliver me
Deliver me from myself

~ Eddy Mann

Call me, text me, tweet me, message me, email me, write me… we’ve been brought together by God for a reason.

As always, remember you can send an anonymous email to prayer@eddymann.com for prayers and encouragement.

Pray on,
Eddy

 May Notebook

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Friday, May 03, 2019 is the release date for the Endurance album. This collection of prayers has been on the back burner for seven years, and now they can finally breathe and have life. This is a quiet release in that I’ve not made a big splash about it’s drop date. I know that this offering will not be for everyone, but for those of you who are fond of mediative prayer, my hope is that you can experience a deeper and more meaningful moment through these expressions of faith.

May’s song, Deliver Me, is the second featured song from the project. The lyric above is self explanatory so there’s no need for me to elaborate any more other than to say that it reflects a moment of prayer, the conversation, on my end, as it happened.

As I’ve been sharing what I’m reading this year, last month’s book was called The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel. I was taken with the in-depth look at what the Sabbath means to the Jewish community, and how I might grow to have a more profound sense of the day. I loved this quote, “The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space… to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation.”

I’m looking forward to getting into rehearsals for the summer run. Live dates begin the first weekend in June at Karen’s Place, in Doylestown, PA. I can’t wait to see you all!

Song of the Month

May Schedule

Continuing Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Breathe… and give thanks!

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Holding on to You

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Hi Friends,

Mankind has been singing prayers to God from the beginning of time, and so it is that this month I offer a prayer in song from a new collection called Endurance.

I’ve known of your love
And I hunger for more
Broke without grace
I’m knocking at your door

Love I long to know
Sharpen and refine
Lost without you
Oh, for love divine

I’m holding on to you
I’m holding on to you

Begin anew in me
Speak to my soul
Strength to rise
Hear my prayers of ol’

When I’m hurt by the harshness
When this cold world is heartless
All through the darkness
I’m holding on to you

~ Eddy Mann

Call me, text me, tweet me, message me, email me, write me… we’ve been brought together by God for a reason.

As always, remember you can send an anonymous email to prayer@eddymann.com for prayers and encouragement.

Pray on,
Eddy

 April Notebook

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It’s life’s hills and valleys that tend to define our journey. This month I find myself back in my northern digs. This change of location is six weeks early, but loving relationships require a flexible calendar. My father-in-law took ill while we were down south and coming north was the right compassionate thing to do. So here we are, not particularly happy with the weather, but still relishing in the blessings that spring has to offer.

April’s song, Holding On To You, is the first of a collection of sung prayers that I’ll be releasing over the next few months. The collection is called Endurance and was written back in 2011. Through God’s timing it appears that now is the time to share them with you.

This past month I started reading a book called ‘The Master’s Men‘ by William Barclay. It’s not new, it was originally published in 1959 and I’m reading a 1985 edition. It was recommended to me as a character study of the Apostles. So far I’ve really enjoyed a deeper understanding of the part each disciple played in the Jesus story.

Please continue to enjoy ‘The State of MannSpotify playlist, and keep a watch out for the Homeward Bound series on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Song of the Month

April Schedule

Continuing Monday, April 01, 2019
Breath… and give thanks!

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