A hymn based on the parable of the Prodigal Son. In this sample, measures 1-11 are sung by a soloist in the role of the prodigal, the remaining measures are symbolic of the father’s welcome home.
Image: A portrayal of the father welcoming home his younger son. Credit: ©Sweet Publishing Co.
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Biblical source: Luke 15:11-32
Tune name: ANKENY UCC
Alternate tunes: CANONBURY; WINCHESTER NEW C.M.
Meter: 18.104.22.168. (LM)
Hymn content: 5 verses of 8 lines each [including the optional verse honoring returning military personnel]
Hymn arrangement: SATB, organ or piano
Sample text: Verse 1
Verse 1 (The son wishes to return home)
Good news, good news, I’ve found God’s grace.
I need to see my family.
I’ve missed their love, their warm embrace.
A stranger now, am I still loved?
(the father encourages the son to return)
Come home, come home, we’re here for you,
With open arms and love that’s true.
A welcome home we have for you,
A love that’s old and always new.
Key words: Lenten Season, Trinity Season, Bible, Christian education, discipleship, forgiveness, gifts of God, healing, hope, invitation, military/troops, Parable of the Prodigal Son, sin, seekers, grace, family, military service
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