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Another Trip Around the Sun

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Hi Friends,

Well here we go again, off on yet another trip around the sun. We make this trek year after year, time and again, and often it results in unrealized goals. That’s mostly because we create unrealistic expectations.

All this while we’re on the heels of celebrating the greatest gift ever. A gift that promises to lead us to a fruitful destination. And how will this happen, because he’s designed the perfect plan for us to succeed.

So maybe instead of coming up with our own promise to keep, we should just rely on the promise that has already been born and sacrificed for us.

My prayer is that we begin anew this year with a renewed dependency on His unfailing promise.

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

January Notebook

Eddy-Mann-Logo-2L 850x850As the season moves on, I’ve got a couple of dates this month before heading south for some downtime. All three dates will be close to home.

We’ll be making our first visit to the Recovery Cafe in Philadelphia, PA on Friday the 12th, and returning to the Daniel’s Den Cafe in Pipersville, PA the following night, for a Worship Circle event.

A week later we’ll celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the release of the ‘Yes Indeed’ album at Karen’s Place in Doylestown, PA. You’re all invited to gather with us and reminisce a bit while looking forward to the opportunities of the year ahead.

Song of the Month

January Schedule

01/12/18 [Fri] The Recovery Cafe, Philadelphia, PA 7:00 (combo)

01/13/18 [Sat] Daniel’s Den Cafe, Pipersville, PA 7:00pm (Worship Circle: with Liz Collins and James Harvey)

01/20/18 [Sat] Karen’s Place, Doylestown, PA 7:00pm (combo)

More info at eddymann.com

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He’s Coming

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Hi Friends,

Once again we find ourselves waiting expectantly through the season of advent. As I age, I find myself increasingly looking forward to this time of year. I love that we get to remake the set list by revisiting some of the ageless carols of Christmas past. It inevitably awakens the child in me.

As I continue to grow in faith, it also touches a deeper level spiritually. Life is ever changing, and we’re ever evolving, and so it is that the arrival of advent continues to heighten my sensitivity towards those with less.

As I work on the music plans for this months events, I’m struck with the blessed life I get to live. In Luke 12:48 we read, “to whom much is given, much is required.”

When I see the lives of those across our world I’m reminded of how much I have to share… my prayer is that you would join me in that sharing.

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

December Notebook

Eddy-Mann-Logo-2L 850x850We’ll be opening the month, Saturday, December 02, 2017 with our annual visit to the Souled Out Basement. We’ve been making a seasonal appearance here for as long as I can remember and it never gets old. It’s our only Philly performance this month.

The following Saturday, December 09, 2017 we’ll be in King of Prussia, PA at the annual Romans Road & Friends Christmas Show. This will be our forth year at this event which does a great job of collecting toys for those less fortunate.

Lastly, on Saturday, December 16, 2017 we’ll visit¬†Transformation Church in Mays landing, NJ for a seasonal Night of Worship.

On a final thought, be sure to stop by the website to check out the Christmas Deals.

Song of the Month

December Schedule

12/02/17 [Sat] Souled Out Basement, Philadelphia, PA 7:00pm (combo)

12/09/17 [Sat] Hope Community Church, King of Prussia, PA 7:00pm (combo)

12/16/17 [Sat] Transformation Church, Mays Landing, NJ 7:00pm (combo)

01/12/18 [Fri] The Recovery Cafe, Philadelphia, PA 7:00 (combo)

01/13/18 [Sat] Daniel’s Den Cafe, Pipersville, PA 7:00pm (Worship Circle)

01/20/18 [Sat] Karen’s Place, Doylestown, PA 7:00pm (combo)

More info at eddymann.com

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When November Falls

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Hi Friends,

As the colors of fall begin to overwhelm us, it’s a good time to reflect on the changes that are happening in and around our lives. We live in a state of constant transformation. Our future is unfolding at this very moment. I know that some may find this a daunting thought, but I find it exciting.

Not knowing what’s around the next corner thrills me.

There are days when I can’t wait to get up and get going because I know that change is going to be revealed in my life. I experience life in this way because of my relationship with God, because I’ve surrendered my life into His hands. I trust that today and tomorrow will occur under His loving watchful eye, and all that I need to do is lovingly respond.

The leaves will continue to fall from the trees and the cycle of life will continue through the winter that lies ahead for us. We can choose to walk that journey in many ways. The choice is ours, we’ve been given that freedom. My prayer is that you yield to His loving nature and joyfully journey through the divine seasons that have been prepared for you.

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

November Notebook

171023 E.M. Promo 2sqI’ll be greeting the month down south as I re-energize for the ‘Hope Love Joy Peace‘ run through the northeast. These seasonal dates include some of my favorites.

November 8 will mark the first anniversary of the release of The Consequence album. I’ve had so much fun performing it over the past year and have been blessed by your continued support.

The end of the month will also find me back in the studio as I’ll be prayerfully be working on the next worship album. And on that note let me thank everyone who has already committed to praying over the project. As our prayer team continues to grow I know the blessings will also.

Song of the Month

November Schedule

11/12/17 [Sun] Souled Out Radio, Hamilton Square, NJ 6:00pm (solo)

11/18/17 [Sat] Christmas With A Twist, Wilkes-Barre, PA 7:00pm (trio)

11/25/17 [Sat] HeBrews Cafe, Wilmington, DE 7:00pm (combo)

12/02/17 [Sat] Souled Out Basement, Philadelphia, PA 7:00 (combo)

12/09/17 [Sat] Solid Rock Cafe, Chalfont, PA 7:00 (combo)

12/16/17 [Sat] Transformation Church, Mays Landing, NJ 7:00pm (combo)

12/17/17 [Sun] Sunday Worship & Talk Radio, Hamilton Square, NJ 4:30pm (solo)

More info at eddymann.com

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Pray on!

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Hey friends, this is going to sound familiar at first, but I promise it’ll end differently. I’m recording a new worship album and it’s on my heart to invite you to become a partner in prayer with me. That’s it! Just partner with me in prayer.

Pray over the writing. Pray over the message. Pray over the musicians, Pray over the engineers, Pray over the equipment, Pray over the promotion. Pray over the expenses. And most of all pray that it touches those that He wants it to touch.

2 Corinthians reveals that when we pray together, the church prays. If the church prays,TWA Cover 1 then each and every portion of the project will be covered, and that would bless my heart greatly.

Pray with me whether it’s once a month, once a week, or once a day. However the Spirit leads, pray.

The worship project is a call to a prayer campaign, instead of a financial pledge campaign, a call to pray for the project as community, a community that collectively represents the wisdom of God.

Nothing would bless this project more than your prayers.

If you haven’t signed up to the email list as of yet, now is the perfect time. Sign up and receive updates and free mp3s as the project moves forward. I’d be blessed to share what your partnership is creating. Click here!

So don’t Go Fund Me, Go Pray For Me!

Love you all!

Pray on,

Eddy

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Be Happy, I Am!

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I’d like to honor my father by remembering the seasons of his life. To do that I have to start with a childhood that seemed to be littered with every illness known to man at that time. Remarkably through God’s grace he survived those weakened moments of his early life.

My father was blessed to be only one generation away from farmers. Because of this, though growing up in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia, he grew up spending his weekends and summers on the family farm in Doylestown, PA. Though the time away created a little distance between him and his father, it enabled him to grow a deeper bond with his two uncles. At eleven years of age he was driving the tractor and by fifteen was making the milk and egg deliveries. The farm was also a blessing in that it always provided food for the table during the depression years.

My father missed his high school graduation as he had enlisted in the Navy towards the end of World War II. He served his time on a fire boat in and around the sea of Japan. Upon arriving home after the war the government had a program that enabled veterans to receive a small stipend of money each week for one year as a way to ease back into daily life. My father wrote that he became bored after a couple of months and looked for a job.

What followed was a forty plus year career with General Electric, which started in a warehouse and ended with a private office atop 3 Penn Center by Philadelphia’s City Hall. He had managed to rise to a level where he was the only one without a college degree.

It was during his early years at GE where he and my mother decided to spend a lifetime together.

My father until his last days always spoke of my mother as being one of, if not his greatest earthly gift from God.

My sister and I were brought into this world in a row home in the Olney section of Philly. My grandfather was politically involved and knew someone who helped my parents find the home during the post war housing shortage. We lived there until 1962 when we moved to Bustleton, and my parent’s dream home, in the then suburbs of Philadelphia.

As I was at an age where I was becoming more aware of my parent’s lives, I can recall the endless hours my father spent working on our church’s financial issues.

His passion, and gift, for finances was a way for him to serve God through those years.

I know that the news of my sister Lynn’s condition was a tough time for both of my parents. But as the years have passed, our lives have been so much fuller by having her blessing as part of them. We have grown in so many different ways by having her remind us what’s important, and what isn’t. My father was especially touched and grateful by the enlightenment she brought to his journey.

I can’t overlook my father the musician.

My father spent the first year of his piano lessons without ever touching a key.

That would never fly in today’s world where parents want to hear a song played by week two. He spent a year writing out chord inversions and learning harmony and theory. He was remarkably talented at creating different harmonic beds for melodies. I have a lasting memory of him yelling out the chord changes of a swing tune in real time as they were flying by as we sat by the beach one afternoon. He loved to play a supportive role to the other musicians in his band, always allowing them the freedom to express themselves. That supportive role was evident in most, if not all of his life.

In his later years he was really honored to be a lay minister. He loved to visit the homebound and hospitalized, to talk with them, and mostly to just be there for them. Administering communion was never something he took for granted. Even in this latter season, he was blessed to serve God.

Looking back as we do on these occasions, I’ve found a journey that’s connected with faith dots. My father’s life was peppered with moments of preparing, moments of providing, and moments of protecting. In short, a life of servanthood. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but we enjoyed our last twenty plus years together as best of friends. There was never a time in my life when I couldn’t go to my father for help… and a few times I know it must have been hard for him.

But if there’s a message here, it’s about living a life that is not centered on you, but on others.

My mother, my sister, the church, GE, friends and family can all attest to that fact.

In closing as I was going through some papers a week or so ago I found a small sheet that laid out my father’s wishes for this day. At the bottom of the sheet there was a section that read, ‘any last comments you’d like to make?’ My father wrote, ‘be happy, I am!’

You want to remember my father? Be happy, he is!

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