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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

Favorite Worship/Praise Song?

Here at the Gracepoint, we the worship team would like to bring this vote back as we are constantly introducing new songs and sometimes some good ones people really enjoy dont get sung anymore. So, we are opening this up to ALL our gracepoint churches, so go ahead and feel free to chime in gracepoint davis, gracepoint minneapolis, gracepoint hsinchu, gracepoint san diego, gracepoint riverside and gracepoint austin!

One more things, when you comment please put which church you are at in your comment.

Example:  “I like From the Inside Out by Hillsongs! Ander – gracepoint berkeley

Thanks and happy voting!

Acoustic Guitar Tutorial: Mighty to Save – Hillsong

This year for MYT ( Multiply Your Talents) our very own electric guitarist, Jeff, taught us how to play Mighty to Save! Thanks Jeff!

Tutorial: The Lord Reigns – Gateway Worship Band

Nice tutorial for electric guitar by our own Worship Director James, check it out!
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Songs from Prayer Worship Service: "Come, follow me…"

Mark 1:17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

As we began our inductive study through the book of Mark this past week, today’s prayer worship service focused on the theme of “Follow me,” Jesus’ invitation to his first disciples.

We sang “Follow You,” another song from Leeland’s latest album, Love is On the Move.  This song actually features Brandon Heath on vocals.

Follow You

You live among the least of these
The weary and the weak
And it would be a tragedy for me to turn away

All my needs you have supplied
When I was dead You gave me life
How could I not give it away so freely?

And I’ll follow You into the homes of the broken
Follow You into the world
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy, God
Follow You into the world

Use my hands use my feet
To make Your kingdom come
To the corners of the earth
Until Your work is done

‘Cause faith without works is dead
And on the cross Your blood was shed
So how could we not give it away so freely?

I give all myself.
I give all myself
I give all myself to You

And I’ll follow You into the homes of the broken
Follow You into the world
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy, God
Follow You into the world

We were also blessed by the bluesy and soulful 2003 oldie-but-goodie from Michael Card’s album A Fragile Stone, “I Left Everything To Follow You.”

I Left Everything to Follow You

Though sometimes I grow weary when the road’s getting long
At each point of my weakness You make me strong
And when doubt takes over I remember it’s true
I left everything to follow You

To stay safe or to follow You asked me to choose
But how could I fail when I’ve got nothing left to lose?
Without Your call I couldn’t make it, it’d be impossible to do
To leave everything and follow You

Everything to follow
Everything to follow
Everything to follow You

But what is my petty offering compared to Your sacrifice?
I gave up my home, but You left Paradise
And what You called me to offer has really set me free
‘Cause You left everything to be with me

So with joy I embrace a faith that calls me from home
And I will cling to Your promise that I am never alone
And with each passing moment I’ll keep hoping it’s true
I left everything to follow You

Everything to follow
Everything to follow
Everything to follow You

What's that song? "Holy Spirit Have Your Way"

This past Sunday, at our Gracepoint Prayer Worship Service, we sang a new song, “Holy Spirit Have Your Way,” by Leeland. Here is a devotional written by one of the Leeland band members based on the song:

“I lay down my life, and pick up my cross. What a joy it is to give my life away to you. All that I need, all that I seek, is you here with me. Holy Spirit have your way in me.”

This is one of the most transformational prayers you’ll ever pray.  Simply giving your life away to God. What does that mean practically?

First, we have to realize that God cares about our dreams and aspirations, because He’s the one who gave them to us. The most content people in the world are those who’ve given everything they have to God with no questions asked. Total surrender. These people end up seeing their dreams come true because they’ve stopped trying to please people, and they live to please God. Can you imagine living that way? Well, you can!

Secondly, think about the fact that Jesus gave His life on the cross and then rose again three days later. Why? So we could go to heaven? Yes, but that’s not all. He rose again, so we could be sure that we don’t serve a dead God. He’s living inside of you if you’ve made Him your Lord. That means that He’s given you the ability to surrender just like he did! (Lk 22:42) We can do the things Jesus did, and more. (Jn 14:12-13)

What are your dreams? What are your ambitions? I can assure you, the second you just sacrifice them and give them back to God you’ll see them come true in due time. Stop striving, and surrender just like Jesus did. His plan is the best and His timing is impeccable. (Pr. 19:21)

Holy Spirit have YOUR way!

Holy Spirit Have Your Way

Long after the tears fall, I’m still Your child
I’ve put down my defenses, laid down my pride
Love and forgiveness flow deep and wide
So I’ll run to You and surrender all

As I lay down my life
And pick up my cross
What a joy it is to give my life away to You
All that I need
And all that I seek
Is You here with me
Holy Spirit, have Your way in me

In times of trouble, though trials may come
The rock of ages is standing strong
I’m fighting battles but the war is won
So I’ll run to you and surrender all

More of You and less of me
God, more of You and less of me
God, more of You and less of me
God, more of You overflowing

Gracepoint Prayer Worship Service Praise Lyrics

Each week, we will be posting the lyrics to the songs and hymns that we sing at our Prayer Worship Service. We hope that this will be a useful resource, and that these lyrics will continue to bless you and strengthen your convictions during the week.

Holy Spirit Have Your Way

Long after the tears fall, I’m still Your child
I’ve put down my defenses, laid down my pride
Love and forgiveness flow deep and wide
So I’ll run to You and surrender all

As I lay down my life
And pick up my cross
What a joy it is to give my life away to You
All that I need
And all that I seek
Is You here with me
Holy Spirit, have Your way in me

In times of trouble, though trials may come
The rock of ages is standing strong
I’m fighting battles but the war is won
So I’ll run to you and surrender all

More of You and less of me
God, more of You and less of me
God, more of You and less of me
God, more of You overflowing

Salvation Is Here

God above all the world in motion
God above all my hopes and fears
And I don’t care what the world throws at me now
It’s gonna be alright

Hear the sound of the generations
Making loud their freedom song
All in all that the world would know Your name
It’s gonna be alright

‘Cause I know my God saved the day
And I know His word never fails
And I know my God made a way for me
Salvation is here

Salvation is here
Salvation is here and He lives in me
Salvation is here
Salvation that died just to set me free
Salvation is here
‘Cause You are alive and You live in me

You Hold Me Now

On that day when I see
All that You have for me
When I see You face to face
There surrounded by Your grace
All my fears swept away

In the light of Your embrace
Where Your love is all I need
And forever I am free

Where the streets are made of gold
In Your presence healed and whole
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

No weeping no hurt or pain
No suffering You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now
You hold me now

In this life I will stand
Through my joy and my pain
Knowing there’s a greater day
There’s a hope that never fails
Where Your Name is lifted high
And forever praises rise
For the glory of Your Name
I’m believing for the day

Where the wars and violence cease
All creation lives in peace
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your Name

Close to Thee

Thou my everlasting portion,
more than friend or life to me,
all along my pilgrim journey,
Savior, let me walk with thee.

Close to thee, close to thee,
Close to thee, close to thee,
All along my pilgrim journey,
Savior, let me walk with thee.

Not for ease or worldly pleasure,
nor for fame my prayer shall be;
gladly will I toil and suffer,
only let me walk with thee.

Lead me through the vale of shadows,
bear me o’er life’s fitful sea;
then the gate of life eternal
may I enter, Lord, with thee.

Pastor Ed's Favorites: Precious Lord, Take My Hand

We wanted to feature here some of Pastor Ed Kang’s favorite praise songs! Most of them are oldies but goodies, and we often get to sing them at our mid-week prayer meetings.

This week’s song is: Precious Lord, Take My Hand. The song was written by Thomas A. Dorsey, known as “the father of gospel music.” He penned this song in his grief after his wife died in childbirth along with their infant son while he was away at a revival meeting.

Dorsey: “I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel farthest from God, that is when He is closest, and when we are most open to His restoring power. And so I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that day comes when He will take me and gently lead me home.”

PRECIOUS LORD, TAKE MY HAND

G                        G7
Precious Lord, take my hand
C                 Am7
Lead me on, let me stand
G       D       Em     Am7    D
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn
G                                G7
Through the storm, through the night
C              Am7
Lead me on to the light
G                        D                      G
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear
Precious Lord linger near
When my light is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears
And the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet, hold my hand
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Glory to God Forever

Here’s a new song we’ve been singing here at Gracepoint Berkeley, first at Fall Retreat 2009 and then at Missions Night, that has blessed so many of us. Check out the video below of Steve Fee talking about the song.

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GLORY TO GOD FOREVER
Capo 4

G/B            C                           G                        D
Before the world was made, before you spoke it to be
G/B                  C                      G                      D
You were the King of Kings, Yes you were, yes you were
G/B                       C                    G                       D
And now you’re reigning still, Enthroned above all things
G/B              C                      G                        D
Angels and saints cry out, We join them as we sing

C              G       D            Em
Glory to God, Glory to God
C                     G         D
Glory to God, Forever (2x)

Creator God you gave me breath so I could praise
Your great and matchless name, all my days, all my days
So let my whole life be a blazing offering
A life that shouts and sings the greatness of the King

C                           G
Take my life and let it be
D                        Em
All for you and for your glory
C                           G                    D
Take my life and let it be yours (2x)

New Student Welcome Night: Take 11

Once again, the time has come… I search for some music that people with a wide range of religious/non-religious backgrounds might be able to enjoy, and throw it out to our band. Each worship team member meticulously listens and studies to professional recordings of the songs to figure out their part, or at least come up with a passable substitute. We come together and try to put it all together and be “the band” that we’re charged with being. Richard D. gets a light show together to do whatever he can to make the way we look consistent with the way we’re supposed to sound. (And, boy, do we need the help!)

All this for a program to welcome new students to the UC Berkeley campus in hopes to introduce God and truth to them in the process…

gracepoint_berkeley_nswnThis year marks the 11th year that I’ve been put in charge of the music portion of our New Student Welcome Night. For the past few years, I’ve been asking our members, “Aren’t I getting too old to do this? I wasn’t cool before as it was, but now I’m OLD and not-cool!” This year, as I’ve put on a little weight, I’ve tried to modify my excuse to, “I’m too fat for this”, to little avail. Guys like Ander and Jon Chou try to reassure me, “No, no… you HAVE to do it. You’re cool! You’re not fat… just a little fluffy…”. But I can see right through all that, as I think they just don’t want to lead it themselves.

Seriously, though, I consider it a huge privilege to be right there at the start of the program, at the biggest outreach event of our church’s calendar. I consider it a privilege not because of the fancy program we can put on, with the conglomerate logistical and creative expertise from so many different parts of this church, but rather the whole reason we do it. I consider it a privilege because I know how so many of the salvation testimonies that God has blessed our congregation with have started with people getting introduced to the gospel through our NSWN. We have the luxury of having front row seats of our great and awesome God working in so many people’s lives, bringing them to know him and the salvation that he offers. That’s what fuels the excitement in the air for everybody involved, because we have much expectation of what’s to come, and how we can man up and partake in the harvest that God calls us to.

So, regardless of whether it’s a cool, young person leading the music time… or if it’s just “old and fluffy” me again, I’ll rejoice with greater anticipation of how we can help advance the ball up the field for the kingdom.

… year 11… I just hope I’m not still doing it when Jesse gets to Cal.

– James Kim, Gracepoint Berkeley Worship Director