“Hope of Abraham and Sarah” by Ruth Duck and Judith Snowdon

We sang this hymn at St. Laurence, Coquitlam, this morning as part of a service built around themes of forgiveness and dignity – some of the hard challenges that following Jesus presents us with.

I wanted to share it with you.

“Hope of Abraham and Sarah”

Hope of Abraham and Sarah,

friend of Hagar, God of Ruth,

you desire that ev’ry people

worship you in spirit, truth.

Meet us in our sacred places,

mosque and synagogue and church,

Show us paths of understanding;

bless us in our common search.

Root us in our own tradition,

faith our forebears handed down.

Grow us in your grace and knowledge;

plant our feet on solid ground.

Cultivate the seeds of sharing

in this world of many creeds.

Keep us open, wise in learning,

bearing fruit in loving deeds.

Hope of Abraham and Sarah,

sov’reign God whom we adore,

form in us your new creation

free of violence, hate, and war.

So my Torah, cross and crescent,

each a sign of life made new,

point us t’ward your love and justice,

earth at peace and one in you.

copyright 2005 by GIA Publications Inc. Used with permission.

Words: Ruth Duck; Music: Judith Snowdon; copyright 2006 by Judith Snowdon

Steve Bailey is a deacon at St. Laurence, Coquitlam and a blog master at New Westminster Anglican Blog. Your thoughts, comments and contributions are always welcome.

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4 Responses to “Hope of Abraham and Sarah” by Ruth Duck and Judith Snowdon

  1. Tony Houghton says:

    Jesus is the Only path by which you find New Life.He said “I am The way, The truth, The life, No man Comes to the father But by Me” Luke writes “there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” and John writes “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Ruth got it wrong.

  2. This is a Great Article about “Hope of Abraham and Sarah” by Ruth Duck and Judith Snowdon”

    Finally, Paul tells us who the true seed of Abraham is and the nature of that promise. We learned earlier that the Seed of Abraham was singular, one person, i.e. Christ.
    Next Paul says, “For you are all the sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus for as many of you as we baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:26-29).

  3. Tony Houghton says:

    We also have to taking into account what Ruth says in the hymn,”So my Torah, cross and crescent,each a sign of life made new,point us t’ward your love and justice,earth at peace and one in you.”The Torah and the crescent are not a sign of life nor love ,justice or peace .The cross is the only one that brings us to that place.We have inherited the promise of Abraham though Jesus and him alone.

  4. Gene Anne Smith says:

    I found this a lovely hymn of much needed unity and tolerance. I am shocked at some of these other comments.

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