New song for Easter 2014 at Gracepoint Berkeley

As we prepare our heart during this 2014 Passion week here at Gracepoint Berkeley, a new song that we’ve begun to introduce to our congregation which captures the heart of God and Easter is “Forever”. Probably the most well known artist who sings this song is Kari Jobe. I think the words of this song really speak to why as Christians we celebrate Jesus Christ’s death and sacrifice on the cross. Enjoy!

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The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him

One final breath He gave
As Heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive
Forever, forever

You have overcome
Your resurrected King
You have overcome the grave
You have overcome

We sing Hallelujah
We sing Hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive (Forever)

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive

Creative Message Recap – John 4 in One Minute

Gracepoint Fellowship Church Berkeley has recently started doing “creative” message recaps each Sunday before the messages to help us all remember what was preached the past Sunday by Pastor Ed Kang. Check out the video that was created on John 4, the message on the Samaritan woman, in one minute. If you listen closely you will hear when Pastor Ed’s voice gets auto tuned, at least it sounds that way… Enjoy

Give Them All: Pastor Ed Kang’s Favorite Campfire Song

Given that we are on the topic of campfire songs, one song that I always think of during those campfire times with Pastor Ed Kang and Kelly Kang is this oldie but goodie “Give Them All”. Pastor Ed has said that this is one of his favorite songs to sing so I figured it would be good to post it and share it with you all. The song is pretty and the lyrics are so true to life.

Give Them All
Are you tried of chasing pretty rainbows
Are you tired of spinning round and round
Wrap up all the shattered dreams of your life
And at the feet of Jesus lay them down

Give them all give them all give them all to Jesus
Shattered dreams wounded hearts broken toys
Give them all give them all give them all to Jesus
And He will turn your sorrow into joy

He never said you would only see sunshine
He never said there would be no rain
He only promised us a heart full of singing
That’s the very thing that once brought pain

Give them all give them all give them all to Jesus
Shattered dreams wounded hearts broken toys
Give them all give them all give them all to Jesus
And He will turn your sorrow into joy

Campfire 101- Ray of Gracepoint UCLA

Many of you may already know this but Ray, from our Gracepoint UCLA church, is one of the best at leading campfire times in a group of any size. In fact, he’s even led a campfire time indoors where the campfire was a video being played on a laptop! Yes, he’s that good. So good, that we asked him to put together some videos of some of his favorite campfire songs during his time here at Gracepoint Berkeley so that we can 1. learn to sing them and 2. learn to play them as well. Some things we can’t imitate about Ray, but at least next time these songs come up, you can sing along loudly! Today’s video comes from Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Enjoy!

Farewell Mike – Destination: Gracepoint UCLA (Gracepoint Los Angeles)

Last week we sent off one of our “older” praiseband members, our go to electric guitarist Mike. He and his wife will be leaving Gracepoint Berkeley and joining Gracepoint UCLA or Gracepoint Los Angeles, the church plant we are starting in the fall. We are really going to miss Mike here in Berkeley; both his guitar skills as well as his company. We will be praying for you Mike! Oh and as a sendoff special, here’s an old tutorial video he did for us back in the day. Enjoy!

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Gracepoint Summer Rally 2013

 

2013 Gracepoint Summer Rally

This year Gracepoint had our very first Gracepoint Summer Rally. A time where we just got together to praise and worship God, to give him the thanks for all that he has done and continues to do at our churches. Now as one of the older ones, its humbling to know that God is using us despite the fact that we are sinners. Indeed, I think the words of Nehemiah 4:20 “Our God will fight for us.” Pastor Ed Kang and Kelly Kang led the rally with messages, sharing and we got to see different videos from all our churches. Praise the Lord. At the end of it we commissioned our Gracepoint Los Angeles church with a new song we’ve all come to love as the words are perfect called “Commission my Soul” by Citipoint Live.

Pastor Ed Kang

In terms of praise and wordship, given that this is our worship blog, we had a lineup of three different bands! The oldies led by James K, the church plant band led by DL, and our young up and comers led by Stephen. Each band had its own style of worship and I can confidently say that everyone came away enjoying the praise. Thanks to all the bands and the praise leaders. I know that my voice was pretty hoarse after the extended weekend of singing!

The oldies band, still able to rock it

The young ones that never seemed to tire

Commission My Soul by Citipointe Live

A new song that all of us learned and sang at the 2013 Gracepoint Summer Rally. The words to this song perfectly capture the sentiment that our church tries to live out. And as we are sending out our members to start Gracepoint Los Angeles, this song is our prayer for them. Thank you Citipointe Live for this incredible song.

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Lyrics:
Verse 1:
You bled with one desire
In all to bring new life
To a shattered humanity
Death now overcome
Forgiving all and one
You’ve redeemed all humanity

Verse 2:
Abandon all to be
Your voice, your hands, your feet
My life a living sacrifice
Spirit empower me
To set the captives free
My life is an offering

Pre Chorus:
With all our lives we now stand
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Declaring loud
Jesus is God who saves

Chorus:
Commission my soul
With a fire uncontrollable
For this great cause
To save the lost
Open my eyes
To the reason I’m alive oh’ Lord
I’m ready now
I’ll follow You

Bridge:
Open the heavens wide
Open the heavens wide
Open the heavens wide
Pour out your spirit on us

Keyboard Tutorial: Intro to Underscoring

A big thanks to Chris, staff at Gracepoint Berkeley and SFSU Koinonia for putting together this tutorial. For those of you who don’t know, underscoring is what the keyboardist can do while someone is talking to really create the right mood and atmosphere.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

As a follow-up from a previous post, here’s a recording of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” sung by some of our church members. Let’s make an effort to learn this song well so that we can bless our brothers and our sisters as we send them out mission trips and church plants.

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New Praise Genre?

I shared this video over at the Gracepoint Video blog, but I think we have to feature it here as well. Here’s a clip of our Worship Director, James, demonstrating one of his more hidden musical talents. Maybe we can use this skill for a special element in a a message someday – let us (and James) know what you think about this idea in the comments!