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    Tutorial: From the Inside Out – Hillsong United

    Want to learn how to play From the Inside Out by Hillsong United on the electric guitar? Well our electric guitarist here at Gracepoint Fellowship Church, Mike put together a short tutorial to show you how, enjoy!

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    Gracepoint Fellowship Church: Our Fearless Praise Leader

    Thanks for all your hard work and dedication James!

    Oh, and in case you are wondering this is a reunion of what was formerly CKG3…

    Lessons from Leading Praise: Know the Song

    Here’s one…

    Lesson: Know the song before you try to teach it to the congregation.

    I’ll never forget “Where the Love Lasts Forever” by Hillsong United. I was asked to learn it on a Tuesday morning, so that we could use it for that evening’s prayer meeting. I bought it, listened to it, figured out how to play it (it’s not that hard) sufficiently (or so I thought) for that evening.

    That evening when prayer meeting began, I was particularly passionate in my prayer, shouting out my prayers against the background music that blasts out so that people can’t hear other’s prayers. But then came time to sing. We got to that song, and I started singing it, by myself, to introduce it. I fudged my way through the first verse, and then came to the chorus… stared at my chordsheet and then slowly stopped playing… silence… Paul (my good friend and our keyboardist sitting next to me on stage) gave me an odd look, more odd than he usually gives me.  I then said into the mic…

    James: um… sorry, I can’t remember how this song goes…

    Kelly Kang (leading prayer meeting, into her mic): oh.

    Congregation: < some uncomfortable giggles >

    James: Kelly, maybe you can sing it with me to refresh my memory?

    Kelly Kang (Pastor Ed chuckling next to her): that’s ok… let’s just move on to the next song.

    Congregation: < not so uncomfortable laughter >

    James: ok… man, I KNEW this was gonna happen one of these days… OK, let’s sing this next one here.

    Of course, I’ll never forget that song ever again.  But at that point, I just blanked. People were forgiving and I don’t think it ruined anybody’s prayer time that evening. At least I hope not.  Let’s just say I’m just glad I go to a church called GRACEpoint.

    James Kim – Worship Director

    Sunday Recap: May 10th, 2009

    What was the name of that song again? If you are wondering what songs we sang during praise today, check here as I’ll be posting the praise set weekly. 


    Now That You’re Near – Hillsong

    Alabaster Jar – Gateway Worship

    Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin

    Gracepoint Fellowship Church Worship Team

    Good Friday and Easter Service

    Here are some pics from our 2009 Good Friday and Easter service, enjoy! For more pictures you can visit the Gracepoint photo stream.

    Got Questions?

    question-mark2Ever wonder why Steve Chae always says “Clutch” or “Excellent”? Want to know why Ander only wears glasses on Sunday? Well here’s your chance!

    I’d like to ask the readers of our blog to submit those burning questions you’d like to ask the Gracepoint Fellowship Church praise team. I’ll be periodically answering these questions the best I can so comment now!

    Ander Chen
    Acts2Fellowship Gold – Worship Leader

    Lessons from Leading Praise

    Since this is my first post on our praiseband blog, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ander and besides being a member of the Gracepoint Fellowship Church praiseband, I’m also serving on staff in Acts2Fellowship Gold, one of our UC Berkeley campus fellowships, and also lead the a2f gold praise band.

    Contrary to what most people think, I’ve never had any dreams or ambitions of being a leading praise. I know that most of you are probably rolling your eyes and thinking “suuuure” but its the truth. I’ve always enjoyed singing but never did I ever dream of being on stage  doing in it in front of a few hundred people. In any case, I’m up there now and leading praise has taught me some things.

    Here’s a couple…

    1. It ain’t easy: I led praise for acts2fellowship gold this past year and like I told James, our worship director, I appreciate what he does so much more now that I know how much goes into putting together a praise set. I hope you guys don’t think we[praise leaders] just pick songs that we like and sing them. I always apologize to my band because I’m always late in sending them the set. The reason is because I want the words of each song to have meaning and to reflect a message of who God is.

    2. You mess up: We had plenty of these this past school year. I can look back at them and laugh it now but at the time it’s nerve racking. I remember it like yesterday: there I was, standing in a dark room of 100 GPB with just the lights on me surrounded by silence. We had just finished a fast song and the band was transitioning into a slower song but which required the keyboardist to change effects on her keyboard. Since this was only our second time, she hadn’t figured out how to program it yet and so she had to scroll through the different effects looking for the one she wanted. Let me tell you, even though it was 30 seconds, it felt like an eternity! I remember thinking to myself “What if i just walked off stage?” Well I didnt, instead I just stood there feeling and looking nervous. Well, she finally did find the effect and we finished the set without any problems but boy was that a traumatic.

    James’ response to this story when I told him…

    Me: (I finish the story)
    James: Hahahaha!

    Thanks James, thanks.

    Gracepoint Live!

    Gracepoint Live! is a theatrical production sponsored by our UC Berkeley college campus groups: acts2fellowship, Koinonia and Kairos Christian Fellowship.  This year, the theme is “Undo”, the topic of wanting to delete the past.

    It’s happening this weekend, with 3 showings on Saturday (11am, 3pm and 7pm) at Willard Auditorium in Berkeley. It’s not something to miss, so sign up to reserve seats at one of the showings!

    Here’s my favorite promo video from the Gracepoint Live! site. Enjoy!

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    Gracepoint Berkeley SWS Team Monthly Training

    Starting today, we’re having monthly training for those involved with the SWS Worship Team.  Basically, as we grow and have a heart to do domestic and foreign church plants, each of those teams need musicians to lead the worship times wherever we go.  The idea behind these training times is to set aside at least one time a month when people are getting trained by the veterans in each part.  

    For each session, the section lead will teach the people attending to do what they know how to do. So the level of training will really depend on who attends to be trained.  The training sessions will be at 8:30pm on the Thursday before the first Sunday of the month.  (So, in the case when the first Sunday is falls on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd day of the month, the training will happen on the last Thursday of the previous month… Yes, a bit confusing, but works out better logistically for our rotations and such.)

    I’m posting this because I want to open this up to anybody currently serving in one of our worship teams at Gracepoint Fellowship Church in Berkeley and San Francisco.  So if you are a student and are way ahead in your studies, or not a student and have some extra time, then please find your way to our 2000 North Loop building in Alameda during these times to get trained!

    James Kim
    Gracepoint Fellowship Church – Worship Director