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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

It's been a while…

Hi there readers of Gracepoint Worship! It’s definitely been a while since we’ve posted but it’s been busy as usual and things like this just get put aside or moreso forgotten.

Anyways, as we gear up to send out our missionaries to San Diego, Riverside and Minnesota here are the songs that we sang at the commissioning service so you guys can read through the lyrics or go and buy them off of itunes, Amazon, or any music service you use.

Praise Set:

Until the Whole World Hears – Casting Crowns
Our God – Chris Tomlin
Send Me Out – Fee
Filled with Your Glory – Starfield
God of this City – Chris Tomlin

What's that song? "You Hold Me Now"

Here at Gracepoint Berkeley, we’ve been doing our  devotion times in 2 Corinthians, reading about Apostle Paul’s hope in heaven, the source of his comfort and motivation in all of his troubles and persecutions. With these words of Apostle Paul on our hearts, we introduced this new song this Sunday at our service.

You Hold Me Now

Hillsong United

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 fear is swept away
In the light of your embrace
When 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

When Your name is lifted high
And forever praises rise
For the glory of Your Name
I’m believing for the day

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

CHORUS

BRIDGE
For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your name

RISE: Take a Stand for Jesus

RISE: Take a Stand for Jesus. One night of rocking praise, thought-provoking talk about truth and Christian worldview by Sean McDowell, hilarious skit, fun games, and an introduction to InterHigh Fellowship, with hundreds of youth and UC Berkeley college mentors from Koinonia, Kairos, and Acts2Fellowship.

All to encourage and empower the youth of the San Francisco Bay Area, to get them excited about taking a stand for their Christian faith. We are all so excited and expectant of how God will use this ministry to equip and empower the youth of our region to defend the faith and witness friends in their high schools and junior high schools. If you were there at RISE, let us know how it was!

Favorite Song?

As I was picking out the set for our Koinonia Welcome Night tonight, it occurred to me that, gee, this would be a lot easier if I knew what songs people enjoy singing! Picking out sets, we always try to be mindful of what songs and lyrics are singable, sound good, and most importantly, best lead others into a time of worship. So please comment and let me know what those songs are for you! It’ll make our job a whole lot easier. =P

Also, if you’re thinking… “What ever happened to that one song that we used to sing all the time?? I loved that song!” Let me know about it, and maybe we’ll bring it back at one of our Koinonia Bible studies this semester!

– Jon Chou, Koinonia praise leader

Gracepoint Hsinchu: In the Deep End

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to share with everyone an inspiring story about worship from Koinonia – Hsinchu.  As we all know, praise is something that can really help us connect with God, and good praise can really enhance a Bible study or a worship service.  But what do you do when there aren’t any musicians to lead the praise time?  Well, then it’s time for people to step up!

gracepoint_berkeley_chris_flagMy peer, Chris G, following a storied tradition of Koinonia – Hsinchu staff members, has stepped up to the plate and is now playing drums out there in Hsinchu, Taiwan.  Now, it isn’t like Chris is unmusical – he’s played clarinet for much of his life, but he’s never touched the drums before he decided to go to Taiwan.  However, a couple weeks before he left, he was asked to learn drums, and after having a couple of lessons from some of our regular praise band drummers, he headed to Taiwan and started his new career as a drummer!  Last I heard, he’s been able to keep a beat with few mistakes – and although he hasn’t learned how to do any fills yet – he’s really come a long way, and I’m sure he’ll improve a lot before this year is out.  It just goes to show that oftentimes the most important thing is not talent or prior experience, but just a willing heart to do what needs to be done.  And sometimes to be in a situation where you’re just thrown into the deep end doesn’t hurt!

Gracepoint Berkeley Chris Drums
Good luck, Chris!  We’ll keep on praying for you and the rest of the Hsinchu church.  Looking forward to playing with you when you get back.

– David T, Keyboardist for the Gracepoint Berkeley Worship Team

Sunday Recap: May 17th, 2009

WORSHIP SET:

Let God Arise – Chris Tomlin

Here is Our King / Everlasting God medley – Willow Creek

You’ll Come – Hillsong (from the album, This is Our God)

Gracepoint Fellowship Church Worship Team

Gracepoint Senior Sunday: Available to You

Last Sunday, our graduating seniors sang “Available to You” as a song of commitment to live lives of availability to God and to others. Just wanted to post the lyrics to the song and a picture of the seniors.

Available to You

You gave me my hands to reach out to men
To show him your love and your perfect plan
You gave me my ears I can hear your voice so clear
I can hear the cries of sinners, but can I wipe away their tears
You gave me my voice to sing your Word
To sing all your praises to those who’ve never heard
But with my eyes I see Your need for more availability
I see hearts that has been broken, so many people to be free.

Lord I’m available to You. My will I give to You.
I’ll do what You say do. Use me Lord
To show someone the way, and enable me to say
My storage is empty, and I am available to You

Now I’m giving back to You, all the tools You gave to me.
My hands, my ears, my voice, my eyes; so You can use them as You please.
I have emptied out my cup, So that You can fill me up
Now I’m free and I just want to be more available to You.

gracepoint_fellowship_berkeley_seniors

Congratulations, seniors!

NewSpring Church

Just wanted to let you know about the “NewSpring Church” link that’s on the worship blog. NewSpring Church is a church in South Carolina:

“115 people met in a small auditorium of the local college in Anderson, South Carolina. Eight years later, we are 8000+ strong, seeing over a thousand saved and baptized, giving away houses and a mini-van to single moms, donating new shoes and coats to needy school kids, filling our county’s food pantries, meeting at two campuses and preparing to launch a third (not to mention an internet campus!), AND building new children’s and youth facilities at the site in Anderson.”

Tim Fitz let me know about their website because they post their services in full on it, including the worship time. What I appreciate from watching these is that they present themselves conservatively, and yet they appear very comfortable doing what they do, which adds a lot to the experience (at least on the videocast).

I get ideas and new songs from them when I get the chance. So if you’re looking for something like that as a resource, you can check out their website. As far as I can tell from their website, their doctrine is sound.

Show Yourselves To Be

One of my favorite Steven Curtis Chapman songs, “Show Yourselves To Be“, is based on this week’s devotion text, John 15. This time around, what caught my attention was where it says “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” from which the song gets its title. The New English Translation says “My Father is honored by this…” This tells me that bearing fruit is what honors God. Bearing fruit is what demonstrates that I am a Christ follower.

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” — Galatians 5:22-23

Show Yourselves To Be
by Steven Curtis Chapman
 

Sweet are the branches
Growing the fruit that comes from the vine
But these are just branches
Blown by the wind holding on to life
I want to be like them
Holding to the One whose life is mine
And I know as I follow him
His life will surely show in me

He said you will
Show yourselves to be
The ones who follow Me
By the evidence you leave along the way
They will know that you are mine 
Like the branches on the vine
If you show yourselves to be following Me

Faith joins our hearts to Him
It’s not a result of anything we do
But if we are part of Him
There will be reasons to believe it’s true
The fruit cannot help but grow
If the branch is joined into the tree
And love cannot help but show
In the one who goes where Jesus leads

Planted in the fertile soil of quiet times
Watered by the rains of trouble
Growing toward the sun that shines

They will know that you are Mine
Like the branches on the vine
If you show yourselves to be following Me
So show yourselves to be following Me

That means it’s about my character. When I overcome my sinful nature — pettiness, a short temper, being easily discouraged and being discouraging, being harsh and unreasonable, among many, many other things — with the fruit of the spirit by surrendering my life and its parts to the lordship of Christ, that’s bearing fruit.

That honors God and shows that I follow Christ. Not singing the songs, not attending church events, not even evangelism and ministering to other people, leading people to Christ or teaching them the Bible. It’s being connected to the true vine and bearing fruit, changing my character and becoming like Christ. That’s harder, and I can’t just force my way to bear fruit like I can doing the things that I do. Instead it comes through being rooted in the word and prayer, and allowing my interaction with God to saturate the rest of my day in my decisions, actions and thought-life.

This is the song I chose for the Berkeley worship team to sing at the Gracepoint Fellowship Church – Austin farewell, a prayer for them, and a commitment for us who remain here to do the same.  And we will be connected with them as long as we all remain connected to the true Vine, remaining in Him, obeying his commands, and loving one another, demonstrating to the onlooking world that we are His.