We Are the Singers

"We are God's people, hopeful and joyful"

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: VILLAGE

Lyrics as Poetry

We are God’s people,
hopeful and joyful,
One open circle
round Jesus Christ!

We are the singers who celebrate Jesus,
we are the cast of a play to unfold,
we have a part at the heart of the Gospel,
action that speaks as the Story is told,

We are God’s people,
hopeful and joyful,
One open circle
round Jesus Christ!

This is the wonder, that we should be chosen!
We, like the earthenware vessels we are,
clay in the mold to enfold the great treasure:
light of more power than planet or star,

We are God’s people,
hopeful and joyful,
One open circle
round Jesus Christ!

We are the travellers set out on a voyage,
ship that will sail with whoever will board,
we who can dream a regime of acceptance,
seeking a country of loving accord,

We are God’s people,
hopeful and joyful,
One open circle
round Jesus Christ!

We have a life that is greening and growing,
centered on Jesus, the root and the vine,
we are a place for each race and each rainbow,
household of faith with a pledge of new wine,

We are God’s people,
hopeful and joyful,
One open circle
round Jesus Christ!


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 1996 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Comments About Song

Comment by
SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY
from her book
“Faith Makes the Song” (#42):


“With a requirement to include six Biblical images (clay pot, light, ship, kingdom, vine, household), this text was written for the 1996 Montreat Conference and was commissioned by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.”


Faith Makes the Song
is published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA

Audio Sample: Piano

Refrain, verse, and refrain played by Ron Klusmeier

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Acceptance
  • Advent∶ Year 'B'∶ Advent 1
  • Challenge
  • Christian∶ journey
  • Commitment, Dedication
  • Community
  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Inclusiveness
  • Jesus∶ vine
  • Journey
  • Joy
  • Lent
  • Light
  • Music, Song

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