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Would you bless our homes and families

Would you bless our homes and families. Walter Farquharson* (1936- ). The hymn reflects the writer’s career as a ‘worker-priest’. Teaching English in the community’s high school while pastoring at Saltcoats United Church, Farquharson observed family and community relationships from two perspectives. The hymn text prays: ‘in our world of stress and tension teach us love that conquers fear’. Erik Routley* commented: ‘His exposition of faith in relation to the stress of family life … is a hymn on the ecology of the home’ (Routley, 1979, 2005, p. 605). A product in 1974 of his hymn-writing collaboration with Ronald Klusmeier*, and printed in Worship the Lord (1977), it became well-known to...

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