Scripture Verse

I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. Luke 15:18

Introduction

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Charles F. Weigle
(1871–1966)

Words & Mu­sic: Charles F. Wei­gle, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc), alt. Ap­peared in Burn­ing Bush Songs No. 1, ed­it­ed by Ar­thur F. Ing­ler (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Me­tro­po­li­tan Church As­so­ci­a­tion, 1902), num­ber 3: Co­py­right, 1901, by Brown Bros., In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na.

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Return of the Prodigal Son
Julie Ribault (1789–1885)

Lyrics

I was so lonely, so very lonely,
When I from my Savior had wandered away;
Now I am happy, so very happy,
Since I to my Savior have come home to stay.

Refrain

I’m glad I came home, oh, so glad I came home,
From Jesus my Savior I’ll nevermore roam;
No more am I starving, weary or lone,
Since Jesus has found me, I’m glad I came home.

I was so hungry, so very hungry,
When out in the desert I wandered alone;
Since I’m in Canaan, living in Canaan,
I’ve plenty of bread, oh, I’m glad I came home.

Refrain

I was so weary, so very weary,
When tired of my wand’ring I lay down to die;
Jesus came near me, so very near me,
When in my distress unto Him I did cry.

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I was in darkness, walking in darkness,
When blinded by sin I had stumbled along;
Now I’m in sunlight, walking in sunlight,
My sight is restored, oh, I’m glad I came home.

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