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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

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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Praiseband Bloopers: Lord Reign in Me

Hey there readers of Gracepoint Worship blog, just wanted to announce a new genre here called Praiseband Bloopers. Aside from what you see on Fridays and Sundays, we are all human and do make the mistakes. Just to prove that point and hopefully add some joy to your day, here’s the first one.

The context (From David):

It was the weekend of the college retreat with Pastor Ed and Kelly Kang, so Sunday Worship Service  at Berkeley Gracepoint was just the Praxis group.  As a result, we had a certain Praxis director whos four letter name starts with T and ends with Y leading along with Po, Richard on drums, Eric (electric guitar debut), guitar (I think Eileen), bass (Richard teej) and singers Debbie and myself. The reason why it happened was because we were supposed to repeat the last chorus, but as the song was going I think people forgot or were unsure and at the last minute decided to bail out which left him hanging.  ouch.  the cost of being the praise leader I guess.  🙂

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Album Review: Hillsong United – Across the Earth

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Hillsong United - Across the Earth

Hillsong United-  “Across the Earth” Album Review

If you wanted to get someone excited about going to a worship concert, your best bet would probably be to mention Hillsong United.  The Aussie band, with its distinct flavor of rousing pop-rock and stadium anthems with epic builds, is arguably one of, if not the most popular worship band out there.  If you’ve gone to a contemporary worship service anytime in the last 3 or 4 years, then chances are you’ve sung along to their songs.  Across the Earth, with its obviously stylized title, is the first new offering since 2007’s All of the Above.  That album signalled a break from the group’s past albums, not so much in style, but in that it was a studio album, as opposed to one recorded live.

This new release sees Hillsong United returning to a live recording, replete with the “Do you love Jesus?!?” shout-outs and  thunderous clapping from the audience.  This album, like its predecessors, follows the tried-and-true Hillsong formula.  There is the anthemic opener, “Freedom is Here”, which starts and ends with a catchy synth line that weaves throughout the song.  “More than Anything” and “No Reason to Hide” continue the momentum as both are solid, power-pop/punk tunes.  The lyrics of the opening songs are celebratory.  They aren’t particularly eloquent or poetic, even by Hillsong standards, as much as they are straightforward and obvious.  The band switches gears and slows down the pace with “King of All Days”, “Desert Song”, and more tracks which continue the tradition of melodic ballads interjected with slow musical builds, but leave no lasting impression, aside from the fact that they are mildly enjoyable to listen to.

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Across the Earth concert

One drawback of Hillsong is that afterwhile, you know what to expect musically from the band.  Rousing pop-punk songs are followed by introspective, acoustic-driven ballads which either fade effortlessly into the next worship song, or provide a slow build that ends in a long, cathartic musical release.  Of this middle section of the album, “Soon” provides the high point, with Brooke Fraser singing beautifully of her longing for Heaven.  The song brings back United’s departed lead guitarist, Michael Guy Chisslett, who provides U2-like guitar stylings which elegantly frame the piano-driven ballad.  The album ends with 2 crowd-pleasing hard-rock numbers which bring back the momentum. “Yours Forever” is probably the most distinct song on the album, which somehow seems right out of a 80’s hard rock/hair metal album.  The singer gets the crowd going with the half-screamed chant of “Yours Foreveeeeer” and harmonized dual lead guitars reference bands which probably existed before even some of United’s own members were born.

Across the Earth won’t disappoint the most dedicated of fans, but upon repeated listenings, it does not provide the highlights from previous albums such as From the Inside Out, The Time Has Come, Hossana, or Lead me to the Cross.  What is clear is that with live recordings, songs can suffer.  Compared to the mixing from the previous live albums, the drums and bass thud and boom heavily, while vocals and guitars in general aren’t distinctive, leaving a thick but sometimes unclear sound.  On some songs, you can hear the crowd competing with the singers’ voices, and while it may be great to have such full audience participation, on  “More than Anything”, the high-pitched shrieks that consistentlly ring out are more distracting than anything else.  From a mixing point-of-view, Across the Earth does not have the clarity of sound that its predecessors had.  As one who particularly favors United’s guitar work (which, like almost every other worship/CCM band out there, seem to draw huge inspiration from U2’s The Edge), the songs here don’t really showcase the beautiful ringing tones I was listening for.  Part of it is the mixing of course, but it seems like since lead guitarist Chisslett left, the remaining guiarists are left with less inspiration and seem to be entranced with thicker, flatter tones.  Across the Earth is a solid album which presents more of the United formula.  It may be the best that CCM has to offer at least for this half of the year, but its counterpart, More than Love, to be released later this year, will hopefully rise to the high expectations that United has set for itself in its phenomenal run of the past 3 years.

Review contributed by:

Michael Fu – Electric Guitarist for the Gracepoint Fellowship Church Worship Team

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!

Favorite worship song @ Gracepoint? Suggestions?

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Hey there members of Gracepoint Fellowship Church, Berkeley! We did this survey a long time ago but I’d like to bring it back. What is your favorite song to sing during worship times? OR What songs would you like to sing? Please leave a comment with your favorite song title and artist as your feedback is important! I will compile the stats for the top 10 songs and artists submitted.

Lessons from Leading Praise: Know the Song pt 2

Here is a story contributed by our David Lee, our Gracepoint Fellowship Church, Austin worship leader.homer_doh

“…as I lead the austin band, there was one sunday where john lin was leading and we were getting ready to do our closing song which was a new one. During invitation time one of his students comes to the front and he goes to pray with him. P.manny then tells everyone that we’d be closing w/ a final song. John is still praying and ppl are looking at me waiting for me to start the song. I’m standing there with my guitar and start strumming the intro when I realize that I forgot how the song goes; so I stop, walk over to dom and ask him how the song goes and he gives me a blank stare as if to say “ur on ur own”. Finally, john walks to the front and we resume after much laughter. Luckily henry wasn’t recording.”