We Are

In the early 1980’s Helane and I moved to Valley View . We both had teaching positions in the vicinity, Helane in fact at Good Shepherd Lutheran primary school only a kilometer from our home.  Fairly logically we chose to make Good Shepherd church our spiritual home base. Half a lifetime later we find ourselves as settled as ever in the same home and still enjoying a church and school community that has been both an inspiration spiritually and a base of lasting friendships.

In 2016 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our congregation. Since we’d been around the traps for 34 of those years I felt a driving need to write a song to celebrate.  We Are is the result. Initially a bright, fast paced song we ultimately transformed it into something much more mellow and reflective.

My main resource was the Bible, explored, as I often do, through the resource of Google. It’s amazing how many terms in the Word are used for the people of God. The song, through these different descriptions, is a simple celebration of the miracle of God making us His special people.


Rom 16:16, Rom 9:8, Roman 8:17; Gal 3:29; Gal 4:1; Tit 3:7; 1 Peter 3:7, Rom 7:4; 1 Cor 10:16, 12:27; Eph 4:12; Col 2:17, Titus 2:15; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Cor 3:16; 1 Cor 3:19, Col  2:9-10



We are the children of God, the people of the Lord.

We are the church of Christ. We stand together in His love.

We are the children of God, His precious family.

We are heirs of His love and grace for all eternity.



We praise you now for making us your own.

We know that we are yours, we’re the body of your Son.


We are the building of God, with Christ the cornerstone,

The temple of the Lord almighty. Jesus is our home.

We are the body of Christ, the fullness of the Lord.

With His Power in our lives we show His love to all the world.


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Chris Jaensch.© 2016