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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

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

Behind the Scenes: Welcome to Gracepoint Video

You all probably saw the “Welcome to Gracepoint” video at Sunday service starring our own Jesse. Well, what you probably didnt know was that the video was filmed by Gracepoint Berkeley, then the raw footage sent down to Abe in Gracepoint Riverside for editing and the music was composed by Dominic in Gracepoint Austin. Pretty amazing huh? Truly and example of the church in action. Anyways, I thought the music was really cool considering Dom composed and put it all together. Here’s what Dom had to say about it:

To welcome all the new students in the fall, our church decided to put together an intro video describing what Gracepoint is all about.  So I was given the opportunity to come up with a background track for the video.  It was a fun project as it involved collaboration between our Gracepoint Berkeley, Gracepoint Riverside, and Gracepoint Austin churches to get the final product fine tuned.  The hardest part was coming up with the right mood for the video.  There’s a lot of short videos out there, including ones our church has done before, but this intro video required something lighter and bouncy.  So we started out with some acoustic guitar riffs, but it didn’t quite capture the mood we wanted.  That’s when we remembered Logic Pro has thousands of audio loops preloaded to experiment with, so I spent some time mining through the percussion loop library to find a nice drum loop to get the creative juices flowing.  Having a nice beat totally makes composing easier – it’s kind of like how runners get inspired to keep running when they listen to energetic music.  Then I just fiddled around with some motifs and chord progressions and stringed them together.  If you break it down, the track is actually very simple – it’s basically just D Bm A G repeated over and over again, with some minor variations here and there.  The key is to vary the motifs by using different rhythms and note combinations.  There were also some other considerations – timing, transitions, sound effects, etc. – that made it more challenging, but overall it was a great learning experience.  Hope you all enjoyed it! – Dominic: Gracepoint Austin

You can listen to the different versions here!

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Gracepoint Worship 2010 Tour

Gracepoint Berkeley NSWN

Okay, well maybe not on tour as most people would think but the Gracepoint Berkeley worship team will be heading out to the different campuses to help with the different welcome nights that are coming up! Let’s keep praying for these nights!

2010 Schedule:

Gracepoint Berkeley – check

Gracepoint Minneapolis – check

Gracepoint Davis – Wed 9/22

Gracepoint San Diego – Wed 9/22

Gracepoint Riverside – Wed 9/29

Gracepoint Minneapolis Church NSWN

Upcoming next week Wed 9/8 is the inaugural Gracepoint Minneapolis Church New Student Welcome Night! James and some of the members of the praiseband here at Gracepoint Berkeley are heading out to sing and play for the event. As a church let’s remember to keep them in our prayers!

New Student Welcome Night 2009: Searching

Summer has come and gone here at Gracepoint Berkeley, and suddenly, New Student Welcome Night (Aug. 26 & 27) is only two weeks away!

For those who don’t know, NSWN09 is the must-go event for new students every fall Welcome Week on the UC Berkeley campus. Sponsored by Koinonia, Acts2Fellowship, and Kairos Christian fellowships, NSWN09 is  a night of rocking praise, videos, skits, and a thought-provoking message. So if you know anyone coming to Cal this fall, tell them to come!

Here’s a video trailer for the event.

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EI8HT HOUR SHIFT comes to Gracepoint Berkeley!

gracepoint berkeleyWe certainly had a different praise experience this past Friday – instead of our normal MYT and Bible Study, we started with Bible Study and then had our first ever concert here at Gracepoint Fellowship Church with Eight Hour Shift, a Christian alternative rock band featuring Pastor Jon Choi, the speaker at our most recent Gracepoint Summer Institute. For those of you who remember, in addition to teaching us some new insights on the Old Testament, Pastor Jon Choi also entertained us with some pretty awesome acoustic guitar solos last time he was here. Well, this time he came back with his band – and they were a lot of fun. There were a lot of great moments to remember, from the testimonies to the different instrumental solos to hearing the only Asian guy that I’ve ever seen singing scat. I personally enjoyed the way they incorporated a lot of jazz riffs into their music – it’s been awhile since I heard music like that!

But, even more amazing is the way that all of the members of the band are not just musicians who like to get together to praise God, but also the fact that they are all leaders in their own respective ministries around the country as well, serving God as best as they know how. It’s great that they can get together and fellowship with each other and serve God and people like us in this way as well!

Bittersweet Symphony & Amazing Grace Compilation

The opening video from Hillsongs 2007 Conference. It’s creative and very moving, the build from bittersweet symphony to Amazing Grace w/ Chris Tomlin is pretty awesome…enjoy!

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Dominic Maestro

Dominic Mutto is our main keyboardist and veteran worship team member over at our Gracepoint Austin church in Texas. He was asked to put together an “Easter Orchestra” to play something special at their Easter Service.  I don’t know how many of you actually look for orchestral pieces, but believe me, it’s not easy, and it’s not cheap.  Additionally challenging is to find something given the parts of the orchestra that you have to work with.  Who knows when you’ll get stuck with a tuba, a piccolo, an electric guitar, a xylophone, and an accordion, and then have to put on an Easter orchestra?

Well, this isn’t quite that extreme.  But he did have some constraints to work within.  So he composed his own arrangement several songs, stringed together in a medley.  When I heard this, I was blown away.  I just wanted to share this with all of you.

He recorded it in Logic Pro, to hear what it was supposed to sound like.  And for the actual Easter Service, had how it actually went recorded.  Here are both of them.

Logic Pro Recording:

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Actual GFC Austin Recording:

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