Musical Background

10 06 2008

It’s been three years now that I’ve gotten to be a part of the praise band at Gracepoint Fellowship Church.  I’ve gotten to witness a lot of artistic development of our worship services and message series from the background, literally (usually you can find me on the second keyboard behind a music stand :).

This year I had the opportunity to serve in a role as Praise Band Administrator (PBA).  I take care of a lot of the logistics, try to make scheduling work for everyone, and help move forward the growth of not just the current praise band, but all the future praise bands that will be involved in our future church plants.

One of my favorite parts about being PBA is seeing the addition of a new face to the band.  Of course, it makes my job of scheduling rotations a lot easier  🙂 , but more than that, it’s a privilege to see the growth and amazing development our our praise band.  Seeing how God has already “banded” together a worship team for Austin amazes me and pushes me to be faithful to the tasks, though sometimes mundane, that God has given me here.

I am looking forward to see how God will continually use our praise team to bring worship to our world. 

Sandra Kim
Gracepoint Fellowship Church – Worship Team Administrator


“A+” for Effort

5 06 2008

I’ve always admired people who are willing to “do whatever it takes”, apply themselves to whatever is needed to get things done.  But an under-appreciated virtue is the willingness to ask.  A simple question or request might make life a lot easier, not to take away from the effort and heart.

gracepoint worship aplusA few Sundays ago at Gracepoint Fellowship Church worship service, one of our keyboardists forgot her chordsheets.  I actually discovered this when I passed behind her on stage and saw 4 pages of hand-scribbled notes of the lyrics and chords that she had scrawled seemingly that morning. I asked her what all that was, and she said, “Oh. I forgot my music…” I’m guessing that to write everything out by hand probably took her about 20 minutes, but I’m not sure. Maybe she writes by hand particularly fast.

I applaud her for her responsibility and not just going up there without any music and just “winging it” (like “a bassist soon to go to Austin” I know might probably have done). But at the same time, had she asked a simple question, she might’ve received the extra set of chordsheets that was four feet in front of her on stage, which she eventually did after I saw her hand-written chordsheets.

Either way, Joyce get’s an A+ for effort, to say the least.

Upon Which I Stand

4 06 2008

Certain skills and abilities come in handy in different situations.  Apologetics training and philosophy classes in college help me to answer tough questions with regard to the Christian faith.  Years of musical training and experience in leading worship come in handy when asked to lead our congragation in worship under short notice.  Perhaps even having worked at Circuit City in high school might contribute to boldness in outreaching to strangers (who knows?…).  But none of these things will prove any benefit or utility for me when my Lord returns and I come face to face with the Almighty:  He as my righteous Judge, and I as the criminal. None of those things does anything to my status as a sinner, one who is guilty as charged.  

2008.06.01 Songs
Unchanging – Chris Tomlin
Where the Love Lasts Forever – Hillsong United
The Stand – Hillsong United

What, then, will I stand upon when that day comes? Certainly nothing from within me. No, I must rely on the gospel (good news, or good story) of Jesus Christ, who died in my stead, whose blood covers me so that I will be considered as righteous before God.

Psalm 62:5-7
Hebrews 9:27-28
Romans 8:35-39

Covered by Your love divine
Child of the risen Lord
To hear You say, “This one’s mine”
My heart is spoken for…
        — “Spoken For”, MercyMe

On that final day, all I can do is simply turn to Jesus, looking to him to speak on my behalf.  It will be completely in his hands.  His claim over me, that I belong to him is what will carry me over into heaven, to be with him.  On my own, I will fall.  Upon him, my Mighty Rock, I will stand.