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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

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Reflections: 2 Timothy 2 "Remain"

Gracepoint Fellowship Church - Starfield

Gracepoint Fellowship Church - Starfield

For those of you who do not know, each week here at Gracepoint Fellowship Church, Berkeley we spend time dwelling on a bible passage, usually just one chapter. As life gets busier and busier, we make sure to try and take time to stop and reflect on God’s word (which we call Devotion Time) each day. You never know God can speak to you through his words; whether it be to encourage, strengthen, comfort, or even to challenge you.

As we are going through the DT in 2 Timothy 2 this week, I was particularly struck by verse 13…

“if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.”

I thought this is so true of God, that even when we stumble and fall in our sin, even when we have the many moments where we decide what’s best for our lives, God remains faithful to us. He is tried and true, the only constant in our lives and for that I am so thankful. All I have to do is reflect on my life and I can see and point out multiple times in which God was faithful and he somehow turned me back towards him when I went wayward.

This verse also conjured up the song “Remain” by Starfield (I Will Go – Album).  As I went back to read the lyrics and listen to the song, I was blessed at their truth of who God is:

Defender of this heart
You loved me
from the start
You never change

Through the highs and lows
As seasons come and go
You never fail

Day after day
Your love will remain
Faithful and true
You are good

You are God with us
You’re victorious
You are strong and
mighty to save
For Your word stands true
There is none like You
And when all else fades
You remain

When troubles come my way
You guide and You sustain
Lead me, I pray

Forever You will be
The great eternal King
Now and always

Day after day
Your love will remain
Faithful and true
You are good, you are good

When all else fades
You remain

You remain

Cause’ day after day
You never change
Day after day
You are the same
Day after day
You remain

Keyboard Tutorial Videos

In case you haven’t noticed, we are developing a resources section here at our Gracepoint Worship blog. For those of you who have been bummed that there’s no keyboard MYT this summer, we are publishing our own keyboard tutorial videos, made by our very own Dominic! He’s currently serving as our keyboardist at Gracepoint Fellowship Church Austin, Gracepoint Berkeley’s sister church. Here’s the fourth installment of the series. Check out the Resources Page for more videos!

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