'Jack' Sparrow Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

This morning I watched a small sparrow fight for it's freedom while captive in a pre-school classroom. Continually flapping it's wings in fluttering futile motions. Banging it's head repeatedly against the closed portion of the window. Frustratedly repeating the same actions over and over with no results.

How it got there is one question, and it's inability to escape is another.

Adventurous no doubt, it wandered through a portal that was unknown, that was intriguing, that was dangerous. It chose to leave behind the place nature had created for it. It turned it's back on all that was designed for it. Apparently even in the bird kingdom, things look brighter on the other side of the fence... or in this case, the other side of the window.

Escaping was not easy, under much stress, it couldn't seem to locate the ability to use the same senses it possessed outside, on the inside. Unable to navigate safely, it continued to fly in harms way fortunately avoiding any serious injury.

Afraid to accept any friendly help or guidance, it stubbornly continued on it's own haphazard and frustrating journey. After much battering, dazed and confused, it came only by God's grace, to find the entry way in which to return home.

We also are often tempted by the world's charms and find ourselves lost, battered, and searching for the comfort and peace we once knew or always longed for.

God's purpose is very clear for us, (Psalm 99:5) to worship him and to bring glory to him. But broken as we are, we are susceptible to seasons or moments of wandering. Once off the path that God has provided, we quickly lose the light that guides us and can become disorientated as our little friend was. We then become a slave to the ways of society and it's false reasoning.

When that happens it's only by God's amazing love and saving grace that we can return home and be free again. I guess it's safe to say we'd all be better off by just being more mindful of the beauty, security, and harmony our God has already provided for us.

Once outside our lost sparrow flew as God had created. It rose with a fluid beautiful motion, free to glide through creation with a graceful peace. Leaving it's intended world our sparrow lost it's freedom in trying to find it. Sound familiar?

We are free to fly... we have been provided all of creation as a backdrop, we have been blessed with a spiritual compass to keep us on course, and we have been handed an owners manual in God's own word.

So fly, fly brazenly and confidently with eyes wide open, and recognize all that has been provided for you.

Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 06/09/2013

Bootleg: "What A Friend" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)








Though not illegal, these raw recordings were made from hand-held digital recorders at various live studio dates. The featured media is available as a free download.





"What A Friend" is a re-imagined hymn recorded live @ Crossways 04.21.13 with The Way.





Pray on,


Eddy

posted by E.M. on 05/26/2013

"Booism" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another" (Pro, 27:17)

For ten years I've been under the caring and loving guidance of Booism. I met Boo many years ago and we quickly became friends. Always a pleasant conversationalist, but from the beginning we saw things from a different perspective.

"Oil and perfume can make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel" (Prov. 27:9)

There have been many times over the years that Boo has made me question what I was doing... re-think what I was planning... and re-write what I was creating. Gratefully, Boo's influence and friendship has caused me to re-examine who I was many times.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, profuse are the kisses of an enemy" (Prov 27:6)

Too often we surround ourselves with yes men, those who tell us what we want to hear. How refreshing it is to be able to ask a question to someone you value and know that you're going to get an honest response.

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Prov 18:24)

I count myself blessed to have a faithful friend. Living with the influence of Booism has helped me grow both spiritually and emotionally. I've been challenged, had a sharp tongue, done wrong by others, and failed just like we all do.

But the counsel of a good friend has helped to keep me accountable, it has and will always be a much valued gift. In the spirit of giving, I pray you show your appreciation to, or receive if you don't have, the gift of Booism.

Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 05/12/2013

The Big Time Is Wherever You are Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




Whatever it is that you do, you've probably wondered or maybe even dreamed of doing it on a larger scale. You know what I'm saying, the big time. The person that everyone knows. The one who makes all the money. The one who's life seems so perfect.



There's something inside of all of us that always wants more then what we have. More money, more popularity, more recognition, more responsibility, more, more, more.



Sometimes that drive or urge can cause us to underestimate or devalue the work that we're currently blessed to undertake. Which starts the snowballing effect of not recognizing those who we've blessed or served where we're presently stationed.



And now that we've blinded ourselves and aren't seeing things clearly, we can start to get down and even depressed about not achieving what we set out or hoped to do.



So let me pose this question to you... what if our ideas about who we are, or better said, what we should be accomplishing don't match up with God's?



What if God's plan is less visible, not in the public eye, provides less income, or in general is just not important to us?



We touch those around us wherever we are. We have the opportunity to make a difference to every person we come in contact with by what we say and do.



Now if we're following God's path for us, then we're right where he wants us to be, right where he wants us to grow and right where he wants us to disciple.



So let's all take a big breath, a good look at our life, and thank God for the opportunities he's presented us.



The big time is wherever you are!



Pray on,

Eddy



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posted by E.M. on 04/10/2013

Jigsaw Joy Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Completing a mystifying puzzle brings some great joy and satisfaction, while others wouldn't dream of spending a moment let alone days or weeks to patiently wait for the pieces to find their way home.

I'm by nature a very patient man, but not a puzzle player by traditional table-top, one thousand piece standards. I don't even own any puzzles though I do enjoy word challenges.

Now I'm not sure how many pieces remain to complete my puzzle. Over the course of my life pieces seem to have fit in couplets, a few at a time.

It hasn't always been great epiphanies, sometimes it's just been simple little everyday discoveries that have brought a little clarity or light to life's meaning.

This week my mother passed and standing over her last shallow breaths I was overcome with a calm, a comforting warmth, a spiritual reassurance of things to come.

While standing there a few more pieces fell into place. They fit perfectly and were so easy to maneuver around.

Again, I'm not sure how many pieces I have left. I don't know when the last piece will find it's way home, or what that moment will feel like for me.

What I do know is that the mystery continues to unfold before me. The answers to some of the more difficult pieces have become clear.

And as every new piece fits in place I experience another wonderful moment of jigsaw joy.

Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 02/24/2013

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What's the one thing you need to change this year? No, don't click through... think about it. Be honest. You don't have to tell anyone, but admit it, face it, confess it to yourself. Imagine if we all would do the same.

(Thank you A.S.)

Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 01/06/2013

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When I think about Christmas past and the memories of growing up, I find myself filled with the warm images of a faithful and loving family.

Christmas always had a spiritual component and a strong family element. Going to church was always a major part.

The Christmas that stands out the most was one where a close friend of mine experienced the disintegration of his parents marriage and needed a place to stay.

I shared the gifts that were bought for me that year so that he would wake up knowing he was loved and cared about.

What memory stands out for you?

Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 12/30/2012

Sunday Setlist 11.11.12 "$.02" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"$.02"
Mark 12:38-44

The value of things is in the eye of the beholder. Think about that for a minute and you start to see a pretty clear picture of yourself. Ask yourself, what do you value?

As a worship leader, on Sunday morning I value sincerity. I pray weekly for the ability (of myself and team) to separate the leader from that title and find a true personal, spiritual moment of worship.

As a father I value any time I can spend with my children. A simple meal together can brighten the rest of my day.

As a husband I value acts of love. The right words at the perfect time can lift the heaviest heart in an instant.

So what is it that you value?

Music Plan
Holy Holy Holy [Heber, Dykes, Mann]
Litany
Joyful [Brown, Ingram]
My Grateful Heart [Mann]
Statement of Faith
Jesus Take All of Me [Elliott, Brown]
Message
In the Light of Your Glory [Walker]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 11/11/2012

My Grateful Heart - Review Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

If you're a fan of simple, laid back and encouraging worship music with a soulful folk sound, you'll love Eddy Mann's Who We Are. At The Worship Community we're always proud to share projects from our members and contributors! Eddy released this one in October 2012.

The project opens up with Beautiful Day – a simple acoustic guitar driven song of praise with lyrics declaring: "O Lord, it's a beautiful day/All of creation is singing Your praise/The heavens are swaying in a joyful way/O Lord, it's a beautiful day." I love that this is a stripped down version of this song, because at it's most basic essence, the song works. Add to it any arrangement you like and this song will work in just about any environment of worship you can think of.

One of my favorite songs from the album, I Will Sing, is one of the most simply and straightforward penned songs on the album. The truths in each line are simple, yet profound and cover a lot of the wonderful attributes of God. Also a good deal of simple, catchy, and memorable guitar work on this one.

Another favorite is My Grateful Heart. I'm a sucker for anything in 3 or 6 so this one draws me in from the get-go!

Lead Me Down The Road and Livin' My Life are both songs of encouragement for us as we live and work for the Kingdom day in and day out.

Some of my favorite lines from the project comes from the song We're Living The Mystery."We're loving from a sacred stance/We're rocking a graceful dance/We're strengthened by the vine to the branch/We're living the mystery."

One of the great things about Eddy's songs is that they are filled with great, rich Biblical truths, but they are not watered down or over-amplified by flowery language. Christ Will Come Again is a great example of this.

I love how the project closes with the promise of return. "He's coming, He's coming to shepherd His love/In His arms He will hold us, with the blessing from above/He's coming, He's coming to shepherd His love/In His words He will guide us with the power from above."

You can be a blessing to Eddy by visiting his website and purchasing his music. We highly recommend supporting independent worship leaders and artists, and we HIGHLY recommend purchasing Who We Are and showing Eddy some community love!

Russ Hutto (TheWrshipCommunity.com)

posted by I.P. on 11/01/2012

Sunday Setlist 10.14.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

'Living Generously'
Mark 10:17-31

Great message this morning, simply put... what are you hung up on?

There are too many things that we cling to, and for no good reason. I've got my list. We were challenged this morning to let go and to focus that extra time and those resources on those who have less.

We ran through a spot on music plan without any real hitches. Our new instrumental line-up has really started to take shape and that's brought a new energy to the platform. It's also brought a few tech wrinkles but things are gradually smoothing out.

So this week like the monkey whose closed fist kept him from releasing his hand from the jar, let go. Let go of your nuts!

Music Plan
Fields of Grace [Evans]
Litany
Joyful [Ingram, Brown]
My Grateful Heart [Mann]
Statement of Faith
Jesus Take All of Me [Elliot, Brown]
Message
The Same Love [Rossback, Baloche]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 10/14/2012

Sunday Setlist 10.07.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Wonderful message on the subject of blessings this morning. It's so easy for us to overlook the blessings in our lives. There are just so many things we take for granted.

We prayed as a team following the service this morning because I felt that the moment was that powerful. We prayed on the platform right after the last chord faded because I wanted the team to capture that moment and to be able to call on it later this week as they prepared for next week's time of worship.

I've said this before, but I'm so blessed by the people around me. When I listened to the spirit work through our team this morning and felt the joy of worship throughout the sanctuary I couldn't help wonder as to why God chose me to be there in that position.

Be a blessing to someone this week.


Music Plan
Where The Spirit of The Lord Is [Tomlin, Nockels, Nockels]
Children's Message
Litany
I Know Who I Am [Tomlin, Houghton]
You Could Never Be Praised Enough [Evans]
Communion / Statement of Faith
Love Divine [Cantelon, Garrard]
May Your Favor Rest On Us [Watts, Croft, Mann]
Message
The Same Love [Rossback, Baloche]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 10/07/2012

Sunday Setlist 09.30.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Philippians 1:1-11
"Keep On Keepin' On"

Today we celebrated our Affirmation Sunday. Fifteen or so young teens affirmed their faith publicly this morning. They wrote and shared their own statement of faith... God smiled, and we were blessed.

Technically we overcame all the wrinkles in this morning's time of preparation. All the usual bumps in the road. We even recognized a new young gift in our midst (Caitlin Frazee) who sang a moving version of He Know My Name.

Pre-service rehearsals seem to always provide their own moments of affirmation. They also provide a platform to exhibit our faith.

There were any number of affirmation moments that were apparent in our service today. I would pray that this morning's message would help us all become more aware of these moments through each passing day.

The cleansing experience is one that we all need. The reminder of what is offered to us each morning as we rise. The gift that cost us so little... "I call that a bargain, the best I've ever had"

Music Plan
Forever [Tomlin]
Prayer of Focus
Do It Lord [Walker]
Great Is Thy Faithfulness [Hymn / Houghton arrangement]
He Know My Name [Walker]
Children's Message
What A Good God [Walker]
Message
Affirmation
Pass It On [Walker]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 09/30/2012

Sunday Setlist 09.23.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"The Welcome Church"

Mark 9:30-37

Who are today's marginal people? Who do we need to take notice of today? Some challenging questions to live with this week.

We had a rough rehearsal this morning, but it produced some great results.

We mixed some different colors this week. I programed a new combination of instruments and it provided a nice change after all the bugs were worked out.

I've become very aware of using all the gifts that God provides and not falling prey to any popular design. This morning's experience only reinforced that way of thinking.

Today we welcomed and embraced what some may call marginal instruments. Now I'm off to welcome and embrace all of God's Kingdom.

Music Plan
All Are Welcome [Mann]
Litany
A New Hallelujah [Brewster, Baloche]
Your Presence is Heaven to Me [Massey, Houghton]
Statement of Faith
If I Have Not Loved [Redman]
Message
Love One Another [Mann]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 09/23/2012

Sunday Setlist 09.16.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"Say What?"
Mark 8:27-38

Today was our annual Homecoming service. A service in which we bless school backpacks and generally recognize the start of our small groups and week day/night schedule. We also gather in a picnic setting afterwards.

It wasn't much of a celebration early on (for me) as a wake up cancellation caused a shift of instruments and quite a bit of rearranging all this on a morning where we aren't afforded a complete sound check.

A giant thank you to my team for being so flexible and adjusting so willingly. I also need to recognize our tech team for re-setting the platform and the quality sound.

Yeah, sometimes we find ourselves in "say what?" moments. Places where we didn't expect ourselves to be. But remembering who cares for us, who loves us, who created us, helps to just lean on our faith and say "I am Yours!"

Music Plan
Today is the Day [Brewster, Baloche]
Litany
Love the Lord [Brewster]
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus [Hymn]
Statement of Faith
Backpack Blessing
I'm Not Ashamed [Walker]
Message
I Am Yours [Mann]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 09/16/2012

Sunday Setlist 09.09.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"Memories"
Genesis 26:2-4, Matthew 1:1-17


This morning we celebrated grandparents day by having our children's ministry prepare a special gift for their G.P.'s and with a touching message called "Memories."

We blessed our pre-school teachers and every other educator that was beginning a new school year. Next week we'll turn our attention to the children and the blessing of the backpacks.

Personally today was a service full of distractions for me. I haven't had one of these in a long time. It's always a disappointment when things that need your attention remove you from your place of worship.


Music Plan
The Heart of Worship [Redman]
Teacher Blessing
Awesome is the Lord Most High [Tomlin, Reeves, Pierce, Abel]
Thank You For Loving Me [Walker]
Statement of Faith
Children's Message
Let It Be [St. Columba, Farmer, Mann]
Message
Pouring It Out For You [Anderson, Lee]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 09/09/2012

Sunday Setlist 09. 02.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"Bless Our Work, Lord"

Every once in a while we're reminded that we're not in control of things. Now that my seem stressful, but it doesn't have to be.

The music plan that I put together for this week included three team members who were out this morning. Two of which were our drummer and percussionist. "Oh no!" The unfaithful worship leader lamented.

Just kidding, I've been doing this for more years then I can remember. And over the years my team has given way beyond any expectations I could have ever had.

So it just provided an opportunity for some creativity. After some re-arranging of vocal and instrumental parts we delivered a special morning of dynamic and conversation worship.

All this happening on a morning when we were intentionally bringing to the forefront what The Heart of Worship reminds us... on a Sunday where we remembered the lighting of the candles as a sign of worship beginning.

This truly was a morning of remembrance, some planned, and some spontaneous spirituality as I'm sure God intended.

Music Plan
The Heart of Worship [Redman]
Litany
Turn It Around [Houghton, Lindsey]
Great Is Thy Faithfulness [Chisholm, Runyan]
Statement of Faith / Communion
Lamb of God [Mann]
Be Thou My Vision [Bryne, Hull, Mann]
Message
We're Living The Mystery [Mann]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 09/02/2012

Sunday Setlist 08.26.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Celebration of Music

We presented a Celebration of Music at all four of our services this weekend. At my Saturday night service we did a program of hymns, but today our songs were all written by Tommy Walker. Tommy has blessed our congregation on countless occasions through the gift of his songs. Today was the perfect opportunity to build a worship experience with them.

There's such a vast collection to choose from that it was easy to put together a setlist that flowed musically while still providing an enriching spiritual journey. The only problem I had was deciding which songs not to do. I found it difficult to trim the setlist down to a manageable number.

The team did an outstanding job considering we could have used more rehearsal time. Kudos also to out tech team who had a constant stream of music to mix.

Music Plan
How Great And Pleasant
Psalm 150
Only A God Like You
He Saved Us To Show His Glory
Greeting Time
Earnestly
Thank You for Loving Me
That's Why We Praise Him
Communion
Statement of Faith
Taste And See
He Knows My Name
Pass It On

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 08/26/2012

Sunday Setlist 08.19.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"The Bread of Life"
John 6:35, 41-51

Another powerful morning as we finished our series on The Bread of Life. We had a much larger turn out then expected which is always a nice surprise.

Communion ran long so we fell into a new arrangement of How Great Thou Art which we had ran through once as rehearsal began. I came across this as I was on my back porch yesterday. It's one we'll be returning to as it was really well received and a nice slow warm rendition.

Our tech team as always did a great job with quite a few vocal hand offs. They're so easy to take for granted. Thanks guys (and gals).


Music Plan
Glorified [Anderson]
Prayer of Focus
As It Is In Heaven [Maher, Cash]
Your Presence Is Heaven To Me [Massey, Houghton]
Communion
Taste And See [Baloche]
Earnestly [Walker]
Message
Stir Up A Hunger [Baloche]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 08/19/2012

Sunday Setlist 08.12.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"Bread for the Day"
John 6:24-35

Week two of our Bread of Life series had what I thought was a warm and moving spirit. There was a calm and natural flow to our worship. It made for a very pleasant morning.

So this week the question is not how or what can maintain this feeling, but who? Longing for the rhythm of grace.

Music Plan
Our God Saves [Baloche]
Prayer of Focus
Today Is The Day [Brewster, Baloche]
Medley: This Is My Father's World [Hymn]
Hungry [Scott]
Communion
Remembrance [Maher, Redman]
Taste And See [Baloche]
Message
Stir Up A Hunger [Baloche]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 08/12/2012

Ever Mindful Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Last week I was blessed to see God's beauty in ways that in the past I may have taken for granted. In a forty-eight hour period I witnessed a full moon rising out of the Atlantic Ocean (in Ocean Grove, NJ) and also a rock glacier (in Lenhartsville, PA). Both have left me stunned by the magnificent beauty of God's kingdom.

Last Thursday evening I abruptly stopped dinner to drive to the shore to see the moonrise. My wife and I had stumbled onto one about ten years ago while on vacation. It left an indelible impression on both of us, but we had never been able to catch another one.

So this past week we were monitoring the skies over the Jersey shore as a full moon was due. The forecast was rather depressing with lots of late afternoon storms and with poor visibility all week. Then during dinner Thursday night I checked the forecast one last time and a window of opportunity presented itself. Without a second thought we were off. The drive out was relaxing and as we pulled into a very busy town we drove right to the beach where a parking spot was unexplainably waiting. The night that followed was a once-in-a-lifetime event for us. One that easily surpassed what we stumbled upon years ago.

Then on Saturday night I was booked to participate at a christian festival. Working without a band I brought my wife along to make a day of it. While driving we visited some intriguing and inspiring locations all the while just enjoying the moment.

When we arrived we drove up a mountainous terrain to the staging area. As I pulled into the parking area I saw that the event was going to take place alongside an amazing rock glacier. The site was awe inspiring. What better place to sing God's praises then next to one of his beautiful creations. This was a night that won't soon be forgotten.

I'm a month or so into a season of mindfulness and have been experiencing all kinds of things in a brand new way. The daily mindset to appreciate life's little things, the small moments, has opened up my eyes and ears to a wonderfully exciting and different view of the world. It's also led me to re-engage with God's astounding creation.

I woke this morning and quietly found my way to the back porch where the first sounds I heard were God's creation and the vibrating strings of my guitar. Ever mindful I'm continuing my journey.

Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 08/06/2012

Sunday Setlist 08.05.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"All The Broken Pieces" John 6:1-21

Today was the first of a three week sermon series on The Bread of Life. The theme has allowed us to bring a few older favorites back into rotation for a few weeks. This morning our congregation rose to the occasion making these songs vibrant again. I love when that happens.

Personally, I was not operating with a full tank this morning. I had participated in an event last night that ran late in the evening and also was outdoors in some very oppressive heat. So my energy was severely tested throughout the service. I hate when that happens.

Our pastor mentioned how cool it is that scripture can continue to amaze and astound. How awesome that God can continue to amaze and astound me day after day. I love when that happens.

Music Plan
Rising [Baloche]
Prayer of Focus
You Are Good [Houghton]
Oh Taste And See [Leeland]
Communion
Taste And See [Walker]
Hungry [Scott]
Message
Stir Up A Hunger [Baloche]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 08/05/2012

Sunday Setlist 07.29.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"Christmas Diet Reboot" Romans 13:11-14

Today was the last week of our Christmas in July series and it focused on the Christmas Diet we instituted this past year. The diet offered a way for each person to experience a faithful challenge each day. Some were silly, some weren't. Some were easy, some weren't. Not everyone participated in the same way, but all were aware of the program. This morning was a time to re-engage in that thinking. To once again be conscience of putting on Christ. Putting on the love of the Lord.

We had a much easier rehearsal this week. We repeated a large portion of the music plan which meant most of our time was spent tweaking arrangements. Though our numbers were small our praise and worship was big.

Don't forget to lay out your garments of grace each morning this week!

Music Plan
Joyful [Ingram, Brown]
Litany
O Come Let Us Adore Him [Oakley, Wade, Redman, Bryant]
Angels We Have Heard On High [Chadwick, Mann]
Heavenly Touch [Walker]
Statement of Faith
Message
Medley:Joy To The World [Hymn]
Go Tell It On The Mountain [Hymn]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 07/29/2012

Sunday Setlist 07.22.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"Christmas in July"
Luke 2:1-20

Today was the first of a two week Christmas in July sermon series. It was dealt a severe blow after this past weekend's events in Colorado. So like many of you, this morning presented a real world wrinkle to our plans. For myself, Tommy Walker's Heavenly Touch provided a vehicle for restoring my soul.

We experienced a tough rehearsal today due to a demanding music plan. Every once in a while (thankfully) I put together a plan that underestimates the time we have to prepare. I have only myself to blame for that, and fortunately my team excepts apologies and knows how to live forgiveness.

So personally I want to be the difference in someones life this week. I probably won't know who, or when, but I pray that I'll be on top of my game when that someone who's teetering between believing or not is in my presence.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. [John 1:5 NLV]

Music Plan
Joyful [Ingram, Brown]
Litany
O Come Let Us Adore Him [Oakley, Wade, Redman, Bryant]
O Rejoice [Fields]
Heavenly Touch [Walker]
Statement of Faith
Message
Medley:Joy To The World [Hymn]
Go Tell It On The Mountain [Hymn]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by E.M. on 07/22/2012

Sunday Setlist 07.15.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"The Return of John the Baptist"
Mark 6:14-16

We had a great morning of preparation. We start a mini series next week celebrating "Christmas in July" so the prepare the way theme was spot on.

There was a great energy in the house today. It started in rehearsal and carried on right through to the closing blessing.

What a powerful moment we experienced with Jared Anderson's Prepare the Way. This was in rotation for a month last March/April a year ago and I brought it out this morning because of our theme. Click the link below to check out this song if you haven't heard it.

For a chanage I had our female voices carry the verses of Brenton Brown's Joyful which was another lifting moment as we ended the service.

As we brace to start another work week let us prepare the way for Jesus to be in our hearts, minds and souls.

Music Plan
Praise Awaits You [Redman]
Litany
Pouring It Out For You [Anderson, Lee]
Prepare The Way [Anderson]
Statement of Faith
He's Coming [Mann]
Message
Joyful [Ingram, Brown]

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posted by E.M. on 07/15/2012

Sunday Setlist 07.08.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"Off With The Training Wheels"
Mark 6:1-13

Lots of space in the sanctuary this morning because of a holiday and mission trip weekend. It was a though provoking image considering our message was about being sent out to answer our call in life.

Knowing that we struggle sometimes with what we're called to do, what's your calling?

Music Plan
Praise Awaits You [Redman]
Litany
Awesome Is The Lord On High [Tomlin, Reeves, Pierce & Abel]
Holy Is The Lord [Tomlin, Giglio]
Medley: Holy, Holy, Holy [Hymn]
Statement of Faith
We Are The Body of Christ [Mann]
Message
Pass It On [Walker]

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posted by E.M. on 07/08/2012

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"Are You There God?"
Mark 5:21-43

Interesting message today... comforting and reassuring. One that will no doubt be called upon frequently this week. I have found more and more in the past few years that prayer has become very natural all through my day. Conversing with God is now a normal occurence. And why not, God is always listening, comforting, and lovingly caring.

We stretched out a little this morning [using some different instruments and changing the context of others] and it felt good. There was a nice continuity to the service. Everything flowed very feely. This was a communion Sunday and I was looking to smooth out the edges this week and I thought we pulled it off graciously.

Lately I have found it easy theme wise to reach back in our catalog and use some of our older favorites. They've been warmly recieved and eargerly particpated. Like an old pair of jeans they just feel good!

Music Plan
Shout To The North [Smith]
Litany
Beautiful Savior [Hymn]
Here And Now [Baloche, Brown]
Communion
Statement of Faith
Taste And See [Walker]
Healing Rain [Smith]
Message
Mighty To Save [Redman, Fielding]

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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 07/01/2012

Sunday Setlist 06.24.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

This was my send-off Sunday. My annual month away at our families place in Melbourne Beach, FL. My time to get away and re-charge. I had a good worship leader friend of mine, Joe McArdle, sitting in as he was to fill my shoes for the next three weeks. Everything was ready for my departure. All this while we were welcoming a new interim pastor.
The service was outstanding both from a message and music stand point. Joe and I don't get a chance to worship together much and it was a special morning. And so I left on a really high note.

I was southern bound by new noon time and pulled into Florence, SC around 9pm only to find that tropical storm Debbie had changed from heading west towards Texas as I had heard early that morning, and now slowed to a crawl just off the western coast of Florida.

It was a little difficult leaving this year with our youngest daughter staying home and about to start college next month. My wife and I spent most of the afternoon discussing how we were going to cut some corners the next three years. We listed all the areas we could sacrifice things to help finance her as she's once again going on our payroll.

So now I'm looking at three or four days of extra expenses on the road as this slow meandering storm creeps across the Florida. I asked God to make my decision as easy as possible Monday morning.

As I woke and put on the weather station the first thing I saw was the new tracking for the storm and it was barely out of the Melbourne picture by next weekend. It was easy, turn around and head home, cut the road expenses and enjoy preparing for our daughter's next chapter in her life.

After spending a day talking about sacrificing my wife and I now had a chance to act on it. As I sit writing this from home it was the right decision and I feel great about it. Especially when I saw my daughter's smile this morning.

Music Plan
Arise [Baloche, Moen]
Litany
All The earth Will Sing Your Praises [Baloche]
Rising [Baloche]
Statement of Faith
You Presence is Heaven To Me [Massy, Houghton]
Message
Our God Saves [Blaoche]

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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 06/26/2012

Guitar Discrimination? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

This past week I picked up three of my guitars that had been in the shop getting their six month set up. As I got to my car I put the Martin in the back seat and the Gibson on the back seat floor. When I looked at my Yamaha it was shaking it's neck saying no way am I riding in the trunk.

When I thought about the situation it was difficult to look my Yamaha eye to nut. I couldn't comfortably speak face to strings. I was guilty. Guilty of guitar discrimination. All of my instruments had been traveling by class for years. Those worth more were being treated to better traveling conditions. Unknowingly, I had been ignorant to my discriminative behavior.

Well after a heartfelt conversation and apology, I made amends with my creative friends and have changed my ways. No more will I carelessly open the trunk of my car and ask one of my instruments to travel in the back.

Now with my unfair ways behind me I look forward to a new relationship with all of my stringed creatives. Living redeemed, we play on!

posted by E.M. on 06/13/2012

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Music Plan

Hosanna [Baloche]

Prayer of Focus

All Glory Laud And Honor [Hymn]

Here Is Our King [Crowder]

Communion

Statement of Faith

We Fall Down [Tomlin]

Let Us Break Bread Together [Traditional]

The Wonderful Cross [Redman, Tomlin]

Reading: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Message: "Location Matters"

Glory In The Highest [Tomlin]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 04/01/2012

Worship Recap 03.25.12... "Getting Busy" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




We were small in numbers, but mighty in spirit this morning We were also an all male team, which meant the dynamics were different in a few ways. Vocal arrangements needed to be tweaked, the overall aesthetic of the platform was a different shade and probably the most difficult awareness for me was to not let the maleness leave the women of the congregation wanting.



Getting busy to tending God's people this week had a twist. It required a little more imagination and creativity. the vocal arrangements were fairly simple to re-work. But the issue of maleness was a little trickier. so lyrical images along with melody and harmony were in the forefront of the planning this week. The area that I overlooked was the platform balance, the visual setting for worship. To some it would be unnoticeable, but to others it could be a distraction from the norm. In hindsight I know exactly what I would have liked to have done. Lesson learned!



Music Plan

Never Be Shaken [Anderson]

Litany

Turn It Around [Houghton, Lindsey]

I Will Follow [Ingram, Tomlin, Morgan]

Foundation of Faith

We Need You Lord [Butler]

Message

Trading My Sorrow [Evans]



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posted by E.M. on 03/28/2012

Worship Recap 03.18.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




Following a Night of Worship, we came together this morning as a much closer family. At 7:45am it can be tricky measuring the energy level. However this morning was different, I don't know that it can be captured in words, but there was a presence that permeated our gathering. I'll call it a spirit, a spirit of love, a spirit that bonds and deepens relationships. Last night's evening of worship brought us closer together, it changed our frame of mind.

Let's say it's a transformation, a conversion of sorts. A movement forward in our relationship as a team, as friends, and as brothers and sisters in Christ.



This is just what God wants for us in our relationship with him. This is how he wants us to go about it. To worship him, to praise him, to love him. To be in fellowship with him as a friend. To be able to grow in that relationship by our quality time together.



I saw and felt signs of conversion this morning. It's my prayer that we as a team would not only become more in tune with these changes, and put a greater value on our opportunities to gather together, but also in our private moments as followers, disciples... striving to become more Christlike.



Music Plan

Pouring It Out For You [Anderson, Lee]

Litany

You Are Good [Houghton]

We Stand In God's Grace [Mann]

Foundation of Faith

Jesus, Lover of My Soul [Ezzy, Grul, McPherson]

Message

Something Beautiful & New [Mann]



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posted by E.M. on 03/18/2012

Worship Recap 03.11.12,,, "Never Be Shaken" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




We lost an hour and gained a lifetime of love this morning. Using the Jacob and Esau story we were reminded of the verse in Romans 8... nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus or Lord. That's a strengthening thought in today's broken world.



Worship Leader Moment: Never Be Shaken

What does rehearsal tell us? In our case it revealed that we were not in harmony this morning. There was certainly a faction of discord that was prominent during our time of preparing. The comfort level that I'm accustomed to before worship was not to be found.



I struggle with this because I always want our best to be offered to God in worship. And though we had a member or two missing, my bar was still set high. It's only our best that we want to offer up.



So what did I do? I went to a small quiet area and prayed... I gave everything up to God. All the disappointment, all the frustration, everything that was cluttering up my mind... and I went to lead worship. And it was beautiful... and it was spiritual... and I believe it was pleasing to God.



I love that on days like these someone will always come up and tell me how blessed they were by a song or the service itself.God has a way of comforting us with just what we need. It's not the want to please the congregation, but the want to lead them to a place of worship, and to ultimately please God.



Music Plan

Glorified [Anderson]

Litany

Never Be Shaken [Anderson]

Beautiful Things [Gungor]

Foundation of Faith

Blessed Be Your Name [Redman]

Message

The Same Love [Baloche, Rossback]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 03/11/2012

Worship Recap 03.04.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




What a vibrant morning with God. Energetic praise, quiet conversation in prayer,
and touching spiritual worship. Sometimes things just all seem to hook up and be
in harmony with each other. There was no noticeable discord amongst God's people
in the moment. Even communion had a wonderful sweet fragrance to it today.




Our prodigal son message was one of confession again as we continue our
present series. We asked, "What are some ways that God can lead you
home?"



Worship Leader Moment: Flexibility

One of the benefits of
having a Saturday night service is hearing the message delivered 14 hours early.
This was one of those occasions when the path of the message led to a song that
had not been included in the plan but really felt like it needed to
be.



So I went in a little earlier today and printed the new chart for
everyone and then re-created out PowerPoint to include the changes.



The
pre-service rehearsal was ample time to work in the new song and walk through
the PowerPoint presentation.



The best part was the response to the song
as we ended the service and then again in fellowship afterwards.



Music Plan

You're Worthy of My Praise (Ruiz)

Prayer of Focus

Never Be Shaken [Anderson]

Healing Is In Your Hands [Tomlin, Redman, Nockels, Nockels, Carson]

Foundation of Faith

Communion

Taste And See [Walker]

When I Don't Know What To Do [Walker]

Message

Something Beautiful & New [Mann]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 03/04/2012

Worship Recap 02.26.12 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




Music Plan

Glorified [Anderson]

Prayer of Focus

Hallelujah, Your Love Is Amazing [Brown]

I'm Forgiven [Walker]

Statement of Faith

The Same Love [Baloche, Rossback]

Message

Trading My Sorrow [Evans]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 02/26/2012

Worship Recap 02.19.12... Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




We ended our series on the Lord's Prayer today (for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever and ever) using Matthew 7:7-11 as our source of inspiration.



This week's plan had three songs that have a history with us. That being the case they brought with them a familiarity and refreshed energy.



We introduced a new percussionist/reed player to the the congregation this morning. Welcome Pat, we're blessed to add your gifts to an already spiritually talented team.



Music Plan

We Are [Jobe]

Prayer of Focus

Amen [Walker]

Better Is One Day [Redman]

Statement of Faith

Praise The Father, Praise The Son [Tomlin]

Message

As It Is In Heaven [Maher, Cash]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 02/19/2012

Worship Recap 02.12.12... "The Rescuer" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




Last night winter welcomed in the fifth week of our Lord's Prayer series. The temperature dropped and the winds kicked up during what has to be called a mild season for us. The cold brisk air was the perfect wake-up for me as I left my home. A bit under the weather, with a weakened voice and depleted team, I found the chill in the air refreshing and invigorating. Just what I needed to save my day. God is always about saving us. All the time, everyday. He's not the tempter, but the rescuer.

We were down to six pieces this morning. Down from our usual eleven. But the smaller number made for a different worship moment. There's a distinct clarity that occurs when you take instruments and/or voices out of the regular mix. I personally find it healthy in that it reminds us how important it is to play from need and not greed.



Today's plan was perfect for the team we had assembled. The right songs for the right souls while supporting a great message.



Music Plan

Arise [Baloche]

Litany

As It Is In Heaven [Maher]

Desert Song [Fraser]

Statement of Faith

Your Name [Baloche, Packiam]

Message

The Lord's Prayer [Walker]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 02/12/2012

Worship Recap 02.05.12... "Facing The Truth" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




This was week four of our Lord's Prayer series... forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. The truth is there is no hope without forgiveness.

I never really felt comfortable this morning. The team worshipped well and the songs felt good... everything flowed nicely. But for some reason I wasn't physically comfortable. Mentally yes,  spiritually yes, but not physically.



The congregation was involved and responding so I guess the lesson is that you can always find a spiritual place to worship from even when you're physically not one hundred percent. I suppose it's fixing your eyes on Him and not yourself.



Music Plan

We Are [Jobe]

Litany

Because of Your Love [Baloche]

You Are My King [Foote]

Communion

Taste And See [Walker]

Amazing Grace (My Chains)  [Tomlin, Excell, Newton, Rees, Giglio]

Message

Do It Lord [Walker]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 02/05/2012

Worship Recap 01.29.12... "Bit-O-Honey" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




Give us this day our daily bread... today was week three of our series on the Lord's Prayer. It coincided with the rough spiritual week I'd just experienced. So it was a good reminder for me to have a Bit-O-God each and everyday.



Today was also a family service (where our children stay for the duration of the service) so I had a few wrinkles in store for the congregation. We had a trio of younger girls sing our warm-up song and then stay to sing backup throughout the rest of the service. I also invited an ex-student (that I taught years ago before our school closed) to sing a song with us. The girls brought a wonderful innocent energy that was prevalent through the whole service.



Music Plan

When I think of You [Smith]

Litany

Today Is The Day [Baloche, Brewster]

Love The Lord [Brewster]

Statement of Faith

Baptism

Taste And See [Walker]

Message

Let The Praises Ring [Brewster]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 01/29/2012

Worship Recap 01.22.12... "Thy Kingdom Come" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




Continuing with our Lord's Prayer series, today's focus was on Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Personally with all that's gone on in my life this past week, I've been really fixed on His kingdom here and now.



I pulled out a couple of our older songs for this morning because they were supportive of the kingdom message. Even with lighter attendance than usual (we had some icy roads) they were well received.



We started breaking in a new tech person this morning. What a joy it is to see who God leads to fill in the needs of his church. Welcome Kevin!



Music Plan

Where The Spirit of The Lord Is [Tomlin, Nockels, Nockels]

Prayer of Focus

As It Is In Heaven [Maher, Cash]

God's Romance [Smith]

Statement of Faith

Til I See You [Houston]

Message

Do It Lord [Walker]





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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 01/22/2012

Worship Recap 01.15.12 "Daddy Dearest" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




We started a new sermon series today on the Lord's Prayer. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. It left me reflecting on how my relationship with God has grown over the years. What started out as very sterile and distant has become a close and personal friendship.



We've had a couple young adults (from our team) home from college the past month or so and it's been rewarding to see them offer their gifts each week. We'll be wishing them a safe return and a blessed spring semester.



The team was on again this morning. Great energy and spirit!  The plan worked well and the arrangements were congregational friendly. All this while a stubborn winter cold won't allow everyone to get healthy. Blessed!



Music Plan

Arise [Baloche]

Prayer of Focus

Everyday [Houston]

As It Is In Heaven [Maher, Cash]

Statement of Faith

The Lord's Prayer [Walker]

Message

God's Romance [Smith]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 01/15/2012

Worship Recap 01.08.12... "Star Sunday" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




This morning we recognized Epiphany with our traditional Star Sunday. Each one of the congregation received a spirit led star that contained one of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). I received the star of peace.



Our message was delivered by a previous staff member (Mark Ristine) who prayerfully asked us to consider that in the coming year our star not be a destination, but a continuing guide to God.



The first winter bug knocked out three of our team today, but on the positive side we also welcomed back one of our brothers (Bill Bell) on piano.



As for the music plan, I set We Fall Down into a very different arrangement this morning and experienced an engaged and energetic congregational response. The only disappointed was that we didn't capture a recording of it.



Music Plan

Arise [Baloche]

Prayer of Focus

Joyful, Joyful [Ingram, Brown]

O Rejoice [Fields]

Statement of Faith

We Three Kings [Hymn]

Message

We Fall Down [Tomlin]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 01/08/2012

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Eddy Mann
shows himself eminently able to combine a distinctive pop sensibility with the
courage of his convictions on Something Beautiful And New. From a
musical perspective, Mann could write hits for pop radio without any
difficulty, but he chooses to offer his talents instead to God than to the
commercial marketplace. Something Beautiful And New combines both
callings quite successfully.





"Something
Beautiful And New" is a gorgeous love ballad written to God; an entreaty
and prayer for forgiveness and renewal. Musically and spiritually, this is a
"Wow" moment.

"Goodness
Prevails" is a blend of gentle pop and blues with a chorus you won't be
able to get out of your head. Mann's sound here is gentle, but hardly passive,
and the guitar work has a subtlety and completeness that's reminiscent of some
of Eric Clapton's quieter moments. Read more...






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posted by E.M. on 01/04/2012

Were You A Prisoner of The Holidays? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)



Okay, so over the past few weeks... how many times did you find yourself doing or saying what you said you wouldn't? How many times did you find yourself buying or speending what you said you wouldn't? How many times did you find yourself eating or drinking what you said you wouldn't?                                                         The holidays have a way of wearing us down. Wearing us down and then attacking at our weakest moment. Attacking in ways that we find hard to resist. And before you know it all our wishes for a different kind of season are just that... wishes.







It's not too late to get back on track. To right the path. To make a difference. To be the light in a sometimes very dark world.







We are loved by a very forgiving God. One that wants us to do good, to be love, and to succeed. So lets be honest, lets be accountable.Were you a prisoner of the holidays?


posted by E.M. on 12/30/2011

Christmas Eve Recap: 12.24.11... "O Baby" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




I prepared and participated in three of our six services this past week. All were blessed in their own unique way.



On Wednesday night, December 21st, we celebrated an unplugged Christmas service in our Chapel. Because of the early date we opened our time together with an Advent feel and led up to the Christmas story. It was quaint and warm with a real homey, spiritual sense.



Saturday night at 5pm we had our family service which included participation by all the young children. It's always a celebratory experience and this year was no different.



Our Christmas Praise service was at 7pm and had a few wrinkles as usual in trying to keep it fresh and vibrant. Along with a couple of new arrangements we changed our template from years past and the response was very positive.



Music Plan

He's Coming [Mann]

O Rejoice [Fields]

Welcome & Centering

Litany

O Come All Ye Faithful [Hymn]

Reading: Isaiah 9:2,6

O Little Town of Bethlehem / Mary Had A Baby [Hymn]

Away In A Manger [Hymn]

Reading: Come To Bethlehem

Angels We Have Heard On High [Hymn]

Message: "O Baby"

Offering [Baloche]

Silent Night [Hymn]

Joy To The World [Hymn]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 12/27/2011

Worship Recap 12.18.11... "God Waits" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




How favorable is it that our God in His wisdom sees fit to be patient with us. How blessed we are that He has the strength to continue to watch us struggle to get it. How fortunate we are that our our God waits.



We celebrated the fourth week of Advent with the foretelling of the birth of Jesus from Luke 1:26-38. I love the angel's response to Mary that she's highly favorable to God. How cool to be told by an angel that you are regraded or treated with preference by God.



To lead into the message we sang Gabriel's Message. We used a wonderful arrangement from Sting's If On a Winter's Night CD.



Remember, if you're growing tired of the Christmas season, you're not doing Advent right.



Music Plan

Joyful Joyful [Ingram, Brown]

Prayer of Focus

Angels We Have Heard On High [Hymn]

He's Coming [Mann]

Statement of Faith

Gabriel's Message [Sabin]

Message

May God's Peace [Walker]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 12/18/2011

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Eddy Mann's Something
Beautiful & New
is a worship album with a purpose. Yes, Mann spends
much time praising and worshiping his God. He also knows, though, that if The
Almighty is to work effectively through His people, the chosen ones need to get
along together.

Read more at eddymann.com

posted by I.P. on 12/14/2011

Worship Recap 12.11.11... Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




I woke this morning with a food hangover and a little short on sleep... it was nobody's fault but might own. So after taking ownership of my failures, I asked and received a spiritual helping hand and proceeded to have an energetic and up-lifting time of worship.

We celebrated the third week of Advent (Joy) with the help of Psalm 126. Restoration is an ongoing project within me. Both spiritually and creatively I continuously need to take account of where I am, and where I'm going. Regretfully I often fall short of seeing all the blessings in my life, so as this season continues I'll be working to become ever aware of all joy that surrounds me.



I mentioned this last week but it bears repeating A Baby Will Come [Bill Wolf] has been a wonderful addition to our advent season.



Remember if you're growing tired of the Chrismas season, you're not doing Advent right.



Music Plan

O Come, O Come Emmanuel [Hymn]

Prayer of Focus

Pouring It Out For You [Anderson, Lee]

Joyful, Joyful [Ingram, Brown]

Statement of Faith

God Has Smiled On Me [Traditional]

Message

A Baby Will Come [Wolf]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 12/11/2011

Worship Recap 12.04.11... Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




Expect the unexpected... imagine an excited high school junior arriving at church for rehearsal at 7:45am to lead worship. Our message this morning was on expecting the unexpected through this Advent and Christmas season. Funny how my day started with the perfect example.



This week we continued to use a combination of traditional and new seasonal songs. A Baby Will Come written by Bill Wolf was a new song that was wonderfully received. I only used the first three verses which were perfect for the season of advent and finished with the chorus from He's Coming a very popular song I introduced last year. It was a great way to end our time of worship.



Music Plan

O Come, O Come Emmanuel [Hymn]

Prayer of Focus / Advent Candle

Because of Your Love [Baloche, Brown]

Let Us Adore [Morgan]

Communion

How He Loves [McMillan]

May God's Peace [Walker]

Message

A Baby Will Come [Wolf]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 12/04/2011

Worship Recap 11.27.11 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




The Gift is on it's way... and so we enter the season of Advent. A season of waiting, and of hope. A time when we are filled with the colors of anticipation. Let's get creative and paint the story in a new way this year.



Our music plan tied in very well with our message this morning. In preparing it I reached back and used a number of seasonal and familiar songs. By using some new vocal arrangements we were able to breath new life into them where they became fresh again.



I read a quote from the German poet Angelus Silesius last night, one that I'm going to let soak in over the season... If in your heart you make a manger for his birth, then God will once again become a child on earth.



Music Plan

There Is A Rock [Walker]

Prayer of Focus

Everlasting God [Brown, Riley]

Hope of The World [Mann]

Baptism

He's Coming [Mann]

Message

Let The Praises Ring [Brewster]



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Eddy

posted by E.M. on 11/27/2011

Worship Recap 11.20.11... Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)




Nothing tests a faith barometer greater then change. Oh how we can fear, stress and worry about change. But that's not really a faithful stance. We're taught that trusting in God (I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears... Ps 34:4) removes all fear, stress and worry. So when change occurs we need to fix our eyes on the one who's watching over our lives, the one who loves us, the one who created us to prosper and to live in fellowship with him.



I've personally grown to love change... I find it exciting and refreshing. I trust in God's will for my life. God's will, that's the key phrase for me. If it's God's will that's being done then I'm good, so that's where my prayers are concerned. That whatever change is coming my way is God's will and not anyone elses particular spin or politics.



So when our senior pastor revealed to me earlier this week, and to the congregation today, that he was retiring, my first response was on how he was doing and my joy for him. It's my prayer that our congregation will find peace in focusing on the exciting future that God has planned for us and trust in God's will as we pray that it will be done.



Muisc Plan

All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises [Baloche]

Prayer of Focus

He's Alive [Wickham]

Let Us Adore [Morgan]

Baptism

Great Is Thy Faithfulness [Hymn]

Message

How Great Thou Art [Hymn]



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Pray on,

Eddy

posted by I.P. on 11/20/2011

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When it comes to Inspirational music, Eddy Mann does not fall into the category of
"the yesteryear artist." If anything, he may be a true legend! Something Beautiful & New by Eddy
Mann is filled with great worship songs.




An excellent stand out is "The Peaceable Kingdom" the vocals are simple but
beautiful as a singing songbird. "It does not matter what I
do, without love I'm nothing" are powerful words. 
While the overall sound of this
album may be reminiscent of some modern worship, the songs contain an honest
transparency that is hard to find.




Read more...

posted by I.P. on 11/17/2011

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We continued with our Formed and Re-formed series this morning focusing on loving all and serving all in Jesus name. Being drawn from our Statement of Faith, this continues to be an inspiring series for me. As I write each week, I've gotten a chance to really spend some quality time meditating on each of the points that make up our statement.



Our team took an attendance hit this week, even early this morning we were still experiencing changes. Rehearsal went well but we weren't on top of our game today. Thankfully, by the response afterwards, it was clear that it didn't affect the congregation.



Music Plan

We Are The Body of Christ [Mann]

Prayer of Focus

Love The Lord [Brewster]

I Will Follow [Tomlin]

Statement of Faith

We're Living The Mystery [Mann]

Message

To Love And Serve All [Mann]



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Pray on,

Eddy

posted by E.M. on 11/13/2011

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Today we continued our Formed and Re-formed series by focusing on the following statement - We believe that the questions are as important as the answers, that living the mystery is a more sacred position than church tradition and doctrine. We also recognized All Saints Day, so my plate was full as I prepared this past week.



Once again our team was overflowing with spiritual energy and the congregation was actively engaged throughout. (I'm guessing the extra hour of sleep didn't hurt this morning. The sanctuary was filled and included quite a few visitors.) We rolled through a seamless plan rhythmically starting with All Are Welcome and climaxing with the exciting refrain of All The Saints Join In.



Music Plan

All Are Welcome [Mann]

Prayer of Focus

Where The Spirit of The Lord Is [Tomlin, Nockels, Nockels]

Glory To God Forever [Fee, Beeching]

Communion

Remembrance [Redman]

We're Living The Mystery [Mann]

Message

All The Saints Join In [Walker]



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Pray on,

Eddy

posted by E.M. on 11/06/2011

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After a surprising October snow storm, we warmed things up this morning with an energetic effort that featured some really sweet vocal harmonies.



Reformation Sunday also represents our church's anniversary [55th] and the affirmation of some of our youth. It's always a festive day with visitors [and cake] and today was no different.



I introduced a new setting for A Mighty Fortress this week which turned into a beautiful quiet and reflective moment before our message.



Check out Chris Rice's Peace Like A River for some great acoustic treatments of some familiar hymns.



Music Plan

We Are The Body of Christ [Mann]

Prayer of Focus

You Are Good [Houghton]

We Stand In God's Grace [Mann]

Affirmation

A Mighty Fortress [Luther]

Message

Pass It On [Walker]



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Pray on,

Eddy

posted by E.M. on 10/30/2011

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Recently I heard Rick Warren use the phrase need vs greed while delivering a message on contentment concerning our possessions. It wasn't until a day or so later that I used the term while speaking at a neighboring church's worship team rehearsal. In the past couple of weeks it's been a wonderful metaphor for teaching about musical space and how a song needs to breathe.



Does the song need every note I'm playing? Does playing all these notes help to deliver the lyrical message? Should I be content with my contribution as is or am I playing some greedy notes?



This past week, on a return visit,  I made the reference (after the first run though of a new song...), "Okay, lets take it from the top without the greedy notes." After a few sheepish grins, we ran the song down again and much to everyones agreement it really felt better and began to take life.



Using fresh terms and phrases to teach is not a novel idea, but one that definitely works. Repeating the same line over and over can sometimes diminish it's effect. A simple phrase can also sometimes help get a difficult or emotional point across without embarrassing anyone.



So let's get creative as we strive to inspire our teams to a deeper worship experience.

posted by E.M. on 10/26/2011

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Continuing with our Formed and Re-formed series, this morning we focused on inclusiveness. What it looks like to the church and to our lives. Preparing this week I spent some time evaluating my own life.



A week ago I participated in an event that had seven different artists on the bill. What impressed me the most was the wide variety of participants. There was southern gospel, contemporary christian rock, metal, worship and praise, R&B, traditional gospel and these were offered by young and old alike. I particularly enjoyed the diversity and the inclusive atmosphere. It was the perfect backdrop for me as prepared the music plan and entered the sanctuary this morning.



As a team we had a very smooth and seamless flow this morning. I noticed early on that our congregation was really connected and spiritually alive. I actually had to gain my composure at one point as I looked out and saw all those familiar faces giving glory and honoring God.



Music Plan

We Are The Body of Christ [Mann]

Prayer of Focus

Where The Spirit of The Lord is [Tomlin, Nockels, Nockels]

Glory To God [Fee, Beeching]

Statement of Faith

Through His Life [Mann]

Message

Christ is The World's Redeemer [Hymn] / Let It Be [Mann]



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Pray on,

Eddy

posted by E.M. on 10/23/2011

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I thought we might be a little flat after last night's Night of Worship but that wasn't the case. Nine hours later we were ready to go. We rebounded with a strong effort that included some fine group vocal moments.



Continuing with our Formed and Re-formed series, the focus of our message was on the church as a community of people. It must really bring a smile to God's face when we get it, and live it.



It was my plan for this season to expand the size of our team and so far it's been wonderful. We've experienced richer vocals, added percussion and another layer of keyboards. The most enjoyable part for me, though it's still a teaching point, is the growth in the need vs. greed question. Do I need to play this note or do I just want to play it?



Music Plan

All Are Welcome [Mann]

Prayer of Focus

A New Hallelujah [Baloche, Smith]

I Am Yours [Mann]

Installation of Teachers

Statement of Faith

We Are One In The Spirit [Hymn]

Message

We Stand In God's Grace [Mann]



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Pray on,

Eddy

posted by I.P. on 10/16/2011

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All things were visibly intertwined this morning. On a day when our focus was on standing in and living God's grace, there were so many opportunities to be graceful. I love when that happens.



Once again we got a very late start to rehearsal, but we were able to overcome it because we had had such a great rehearsal Thursday night.



As a worship leader there are weeks when it's hard to find applicable songs to enhance the focus of the word... that was not the case this week.



Music Plan

Fields of Grace [Evans]

Prayer of Focus

Your Grace Is Enough [Maher]

Walk On In The Grace of God [Anderson]

Statement of Faith

Grace [Smith, Smith]

Message

We Stand In God's Grace [Mann]



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Pray on,

Eddy 

posted by I.P on 10/09/2011

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"We find our approach to God through the life and teaching of Jesus..."  this was the second week of our Formed and Re-formed series. I've really been inspired while writing and building the music plans so far. I'm looking forward to the weeks to come.

There were some very sweet vocal arrangements today. The effort put out at rehearsal this past week was evident this morning.



I spent the latter part of this past week at forgecon in Ocean Grove, NJ... this has become my favorite conference. I love that there's a living-room vibe that hangs over this event. I'll blog later this week after I have some more time to unpack all that's stored away.



Music Plan

How Good and Pleasant [Walker]

Prayer of Focus

Alleluia (Our Praise is) [Durbin]

Show Me Your Ways [Mann]

Communion

Remembrance [Redman]

Through His Life [Mann]

Message

I Love To tell The Story [Hymn]

I Love This Story [Walker]



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Pray on,

Eddy 

posted by I.P. on 10/02/2011

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A roller-coaster of a morning. Lots of thrills and spills... very exciting!


Our message today was "God 101", a simple, though most important, message about love (and how we treat one another) that defines who we are. We sang about living our lives through our Father's eyes.

Our team is growing again, and as our numbers grow our individual contributions have to get smaller. We seem to be embracing this concept which in turn is helping us to lead with one voice.

Music Plan
All Are Welcome [Mann]
Prayer of Focus
New Season [Thomas, Houghton]
Again I Say Rejoice [Houghton, Lindsey]
Show Me Your Ways [Mann]
Statement of Faith
Living My Life [Mann]
Message
Say So [Gungor, Houghton]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by I.P. on 09/25/2011

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Great service, with a great team effort, on a wet and gray March morning. One of those Sundays where the music plan flows as I you pray it will. Thank you Lord!

Music Plan
A New Hallelujah [Baloche, Smith]
Prayer of Focus
Today Is The Day [Baloche, Brewster]
Just To Be With You [Baloche]
Communion
I Will Exalt You [Fraser]
Your Name [Baloche, Packiam]
Message
Here I Am To Worship [Hughes]



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Pray on,
Eddy

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What a great relaxed service this morning. I'd love to bottle up these kinds of days, but then again they wouldn't be special if they occurred every week.

With everyone arriving early, rehearsal went well with what seemed like an endless amount of time. We had a very slow methodical review of each arrangement and it payed off later during the service.

I changed our sending song late Saturday night after leading worship at our Heartsong service earlier that evening. During that service our pastor took an unexpected turn for me and led the congregation directly to a song that I'd written a year or so ago.

Technology being what it is today, I was able to call up the song on my Ipad and flow seamlessly right into it to close the evening service. It worked so well I flew it into our Sunday plan.

Music Plan
I Am Free [Egan
Prayer of Focus
Oh Taste and See [Leeland]
Here I Am To Worship [Hughes]
Statement of Faith
Something Beautiful & New [Mann]
Message
Love Never Fails [Mann

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by I.P. on 02/27/2011

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Every worship leader needs a Bob. A Bob is someone who's sole purpose is to be what the team needs. A Bob sacrifices all for the team. A Bob will play whatever and whenever needed without a second thought. A Bob never complains. A Bob is selfless.

My Bob is Bob Solarz. He's my right hand guitar/bass/mandolin player. I can't think of one time in my ten plus years at Gloria Dei when Bob has not been what I needed. He has done this without question. Bob has been asked to play multiple instruments, to turn up, to turn down, to turn his amp around. To stand here, to stand there, to stand over there. None of that ever seems to be important to him, What is important, is what he thinks I need on that given Sunday to please God.

So it was so nice to back him up as he sang Matt Redman's If I Have Not Love this morning. I can't express how much joy I had in being what he needed for a change. I can count on one hand how many times I've asked him to sing. So this was a special moment for me as I know it was for him. He delivered a wonderful, and spiritual offering that I know the congregation appreciated.

My Bob's a blessing... and he was awesome as always this morning.

Music Plan
I Will Follow [Ingram, Tomlin]
Prayer of Focus
I Am Free [Egan]
Just To Be With You [Baloche]
Statement of Faith
If I Have Not Love [Redman]
Message
Love One Another [Mann]

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by I.P. on 02/20/2011

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What a challenge Sunday was... once again I was really busy having traveled daily to and from the Jersey shore all weekend. I actually woke Sunday morning with a bad lower back problem... that, coupled with the fact that I'd been dealing with some personal issues all week really concerned me about my ability to concentrate and lead Sunday.

After our prayer time I felt really good, energized and excited to get started but that quickly diminished with the re-occurrence of our monitor problems. It was amazing how quickly the mood and spirit left the platform through rehearsal. It really saddened me.


As we started our opening couple of songs I broke a string [I had already broken one in rehearsal]. I quickly picked up my back-up guitar which promptly broke another string [that's 3 strings... definitely a first for me]. So the battle was really intense at this point. It was during our Body Prayer moment that my other guitarist re-strung my main guitar for a second time. [Bob Solarz you are the best!]


We also had a number of PowerPoint issues that just added to the distractions of the morning and kept me from ever reaching a level of personal worship until the last song. We had never sung If I Have Not Love before. It was after I corrected our PowerPoint for one last time that I was able to go to a place of worship, conversation, and peace with God.


Of course that doesn't mean that the congregation wasn't able to experience that in other places during the service, but for me it was really a battle... one that as leaders we face each week,,, one that as God's children we face each week. Like some many of you I live to glorify Him no matter what comes my way. I know that He knows that, and it's through His strength only that I can achieve my hearts desire. Thank you God for always being at myside.


It's the overflow of hearts, as we gaze upon Your beauty


A reflection of Your worth, for we've seen a glimpse of You
In Your glory Lord... [Matt Redman]




Your Grace Is Enough {Matt Maher] - G
You Never Let Go [Matt Redman] - G
Body Prayer
Standing Here Before You [Eddy Mann] - A
You Could Never Be Praised Enough [Darrell Evans] - B
Baptism
I Never Walk Alone [Eddy Mann] - G
Message
If I Have Not Love [Matt Redman] - A
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Pray on,
Eddy

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I had a rollar-coaster of a morning which usually means if I can hold it together it's going to be a great service. And except for a moment or two I did, and it was!

Every once and a while I arrange a real stinker. I had one today, it was still spiritual and worked well for the congregation, but it left me flat, it just wasn't what it could have been. It happens.

Thanks to the whole team for pulling together on a morning when we ran out of rehearsal time. You guys are the best!

The Plan
Hosanna [Paul Baloche] - G
Glory Laud and Honor [Hymn] - G
Welcome Video
Unto The King [Tommy Walker] - E
Hosanna [Brooke Fraser] - E
Litany
Statement of Faith
We Fall Down [Chris Tomloin] - E
Message
Glory In The Highest [Chris Tomlin] - G

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by I.P. on 03/28/2010

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What a sweet morning. We were once again blessed by an extraordinary moment of worship and praise. What a joy to be able to meet in His name each week.Thanks to our tech guys [Jack and Rick] for the time that was spent installing our new soundboard. Today was a joy because of your ministry.

Our message delivered by our guest, Dr. Margee Iddings, challenged us to allow ourselves to explore the kind of compassion that comes from sitting in Jesus' seat.

The Plan
Now Is The Time [Tommy Walker] - F
Prayer of Focus
Pass It On [Tommy Walker] - G
Just To Be With You [Paul Baloche] - D
You Are My King [Billy Foote] - D
Statement of Faith
I Love To Worship [Jonathan Butler] - G
Message: John 12:1-8
Our God Saves [Paul Baloche] - D

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Pray on,
Eddy

posted by I.P. on 03/21/2010

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Our guest speaker Dr. Margee Iddings led us through the story of Jesus in Lazarus' home... of Mary anointing His feet, of Martha being Martha... of Judas' complaint.. and challenged us to sit in Jesus' seat. She brought a life size art rendering which really added to the intensity of the message. Loved it!

Lead Me To The Cross [Brooke Fraser] - Em
I Love To Worship [Jonathan Butler] - G
We Need You Lord [Jonathan Butler] - G
Message: John 12:1-8
Communion

Pray on,
Eddy

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We worshipped amongst the snow this morning but at least this time the storm event was on Friday night and Saturday so there was time to dig out. It was actually a beautiful sunny day. Visiting with us today was Captive Free a traveling youth ministry group. One of their members [Andrew Barber] has been a member of our praise team for the last few years before leaving to do this ministry last August. It was nice to have him back on the platform this morning and exciting to see him grow spiritually with his new group.


After starting with some tempo problems we settled into a nice groove.We opened with a three song medley and then featured our guests before flowing into communion. Remembrance and Find Me Faithful were especially spiritual for me today. I Know Who I Am had a different feel without our keyboardist and drummer who were last minute scratches.


I Am Yours [Eddy Mann] - C
The Stand [Joel Houston] - F
From Jerusalem [Tommy walker] - G
Prayer of Focus
Salvation [Charlie Hall] "Captive Free"
Statement of Faith
Communion Song: Remembrance [Matt Redman] - D
Find Me Faithful [Tommy Walker] - F
Message: "Now & Later" - 6 Marks of Discipleship
I Know Who I Am [Isreal Houghton] - A

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Pray on,
Eddy

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I think, I daydream, I get ideas... but too often I don't act on them. Too often I'm a passive disciple. I'm bringing this up tonight because I'm coming off of a great weekend of worship that wouldn't have happened had I not been aggressive last summer and acted on a passing thought. I sought out another worship leader for friendship, fellowship, and worship.

Gary Durbin and Bethany Melbourne opened their hearts to me because I searched them out last summer. They didn't know that I existed until I opened their door. Once opened, God's plan for us was put into play and as always something beautiful happened.

The joy of this past weekend wouldn't, and couldn't, have occurred without action. Lets be aggressive when the Spirit speaks. Lets be aggressive as God creates opportunities to get involved. Lets be aggressive as we disciple the world.

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Our Father, ... Creator, ... has given so much to us, it's hard to appreciate it all. Psalm 24: says "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; ... God owns it all! Every gift we bring in praise, every song we lift in worship, every prayer we lay before Him, ... only begins to thank Him.

"Take My Life And Let It Be" was my special worship moment this morning ... Chelsea's voice couldn't have been any sweeter and worshipful. My vibe this week will be fed by the words we sang ... "Here I am, all of me. Take my lfe, and let it be".

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I love when the pieces fit together... the lyrical idea, the melody, the chordal harmony ... add soul-baring prayer, a scripture reading and an enaging message ... that's a recipe for worship.

I really enjoyed today. In my haste to change the music plan late Thursday afternoon, I left some cues off of my plan and ultimately got so involved worshipping this morning that I forgot to invite the congregation to sit. Amazingly quite a few in the rear did feel comfortable enough to do so on their own. That's progress, ... it does my heart good to know that you were not intimidated by those sitting around you. I pray that you were worshipping one-on-one and realized that God was not hurt by your need to change position. Worship is always vertical never horizontal.

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I've got this relaxing thing down now. It took a few days after being on the road for so long but days like today are what the spirit needs. It's been a beautiful day.

I went to a bible study last night and ran into a another worship leader who had been in Austin. Seems my world has gotten very small.

This morning I had a chance to share with a women from Boston. She really needed some comfort concerning her two daughters. I hope I was able to deliver what she needed.

Pray on ...

7/29/08

We arrived in Melbourne Sunday night. It's beautiful as always,... and now I can try to digest all the excitment of last week. I've been going to the chapel area each afternoon and praising for an hour or so. Just me and God ... though I did have a passing visitor today. The music's just flowing out right now ... I'm trying to capture as much as possible. I have a new friend down here who leads worship in West Melbourne. I'm looking forward to worshipping with him on Sunday. My wifi access is in the local library ... so I might be a day or two between postings.

Pray on ...

7/25/08

We pulled into Biloxi early this evening. I keep having all these little conference moments flying around my head. I've got to get some down time when I get to Melbourne to sort it all out. I'm gonna do the husband and dad thing tomorrow, my girls deserve some attention, not to mention that I miss them.

Pray on ...

7/24/08

I don't know where to start, Jonathan Butler started the day and Israel Houghton ended it. In between I had some quiet time with Pastor Buddy Owens an amazingly spiritual man from the west coast, and oh yeah, there was a sprinkle of Tommy Walker thrown in there. It'll take quite a bit of time before I can sift through all the things spinning in my head. Guess it's good that I have some time to do that. We're off to Biloxi MS tomorrow and I'm exhausted.

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7/23/08

I had yet another blessed day attending workshops by Tommy Walker and Chris Tomlin. I also heard a great message from Gordon McDonald, ... one that will change the way I lead worship for the rest of my life. I'm really running out of gas. Three worship and praise settings and two workshops each day are taking their toll. Tomorrow's the last day and full of great expectations.

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7/22/08

Yikes what a day. I was treated to Dr. Leonard Sweet this morning and Marcos Witt this afternoon two awesomely inspirational men. If that wasn't enough I had some down time with Paul Baloche. Seems we have some friends in common and not so long ago were stomping around the same clubs on the Jersey shore. Oh, I can't forget being blown away by Leeland and Matt Maher. And to complete the day some quality transition talk with Lincoln Brewster and the music of Rush of Fools. Ahh, .... a good night's sleep is needed.

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7/21/08

I had a life changing experience at a worship service this evening. I'm not sure how it will come to shape my future but I know it will. Maybe as the days move on I'll be able to put it into words. The conference is quite a community. All walks of life are represented ... as it should be.

I've got a twelve hour day tomorrow starting and ending with worship so I'm off to rest up.

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7/20/08

We pulled into Austin this afternoon, ... what a beautiful place. I visited the Riverbend Church and was blown away by the campus as a whole. What a blessing to be here and be a part of what's going on. Check out their website www.riverbend.com

Today was a day of nagging errors and digs. I was at times today ripped off, cut off, invisible and ignored. Just another day I guess.

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7/18/08

We're laying over in Hot Springs, AR for some much needed down time. It's a pretty cool place with a lot of history. The town's divided up into three sections. There's the original strip with it's historical bath house row and mom & pop stores. The old tourist section which is now struggling to survive and the new tourist area which is like not leaving home. There looks to be a smal artist community I hope to check out tomorrow.

That melody of yesterday found it's way to some lyric ... "Love Out Loud" ... no surprise there if you worshiped with me last Sunday.

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7/17/08 ...

We just got into West Memphis, AR. after spending last night in Kingport, TN. It's really beautiful country if you've never been through here before. I have this melody in my head that started through the mountians of Virginia yesterday. It started to take shape this morning as we passed through Tennessee. I'm not sure where it's going yet.

I'm making it a point to wake up each day in a state of expectancy from God. What joy is He gonna bring my way each day? What opportunities am I going to have to do His work? What a blessing each day is!

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posted by E.M. on 07/17/2008

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Yes Indeed it's finished and I'm off to Austin, TX next Wednesday. The past few days have been just overwhelming. I've prepared Praise & Worship plans for eight services, over the next four weeks, while I'll be on the road. The CD was released and that always comes with it's array of duties.

I did get to bible study on Wednesday night. What a refreshing break. I heard a Wood Box played by the percussion player. Very cool instrument. I'd love to have that as part of the live band.

Naturally I've been in the studio. Since the completion of the praise CD I've been working on the "king it" project. I'm really excited about this one.

Time to live a little ...

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posted by E.M. on 07/11/2008