Far from Home We Run, Rebellious

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

It is worth considering the picture of the Prodigal Son while singing this song. Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 5 describes the redeeming love of God, “God holds this world in fierce love!”


Far from Home We Run, Rebellious


Optional prayer of confession
Sing stanzas 1-5, use this prayer, then sing stanza 6.
Loving God,
we confess that we, like the younger brother,
often live out prodigal schemes and plans.
We wander from your ways, distance ourselves from you,
and squander your treasures.
Help us turn away from sin and evil,
and turn toward you.
By the power of your Spirit,
renew and restore us;
and help us sense your joyful embrace.
We confess that we, like the older brother,
often resent the grace you have shown to prodigals.
Teach us to marvel at your lavish grace,
and enable us to join the feast of celebration
you spread out before us.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
— Lift Up Your Hearts (http://www.liftupyourheartshymnal.org)

Far from Home We Run, Rebellious

Tune Information

F Major · f minor



Far from Home We Run, Rebellious

Hymn Story/Background

Herman Stuempfle put each of us in this by using the personal pronoun “we” in the first line. The minor mode mosic for stanzas 1-3 moves to major for stanzas 4-6, reflecting the movement from sorrow to joy. 
— Singing the New Testament

Author Information

Herman G. Stuempfle Jr. (b. Clarion, Pennsylvania April 2, 1923; d. Gettysburg, Pensylvania, March 13, 2007) was educated at Susquehanna University (A.B., 1945), Lutheran Theological Seminary (B.D., 1946), Union Theological Seminary (S.T.M., 1967) and Southern California School of Theology at Claremont (Th. D., 1971). From 1947-1959, Rev. Stuempfle, served as pastor of parishes in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 1959, he joined the staff of the Board of Missions of the United Lutheran Church in America. Throughout his 27-year career as Professor of Preaching at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Rev. Stuempfle also served as the school’s Dean (1971-1976) and as President (1976-1989).

In 2004, Dr. Stuempfle was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. His work is found in an ever-growing number of hymnals. GIA has published five collections of his hymn texts: The Word Goes Forth (1993); Redeeming the Time (1997); Awake Our Hearts To Praise (2000); Wondrous Love Has Called Us (2006); and The Song of Faith Unsilenced (2013), published posthumously. Dr. Stuempfle died on March 13, 2007 after a long battle with ALS. 
— GIA Publications, Inc. (http://www.giamusic.com)

Composer Information

Norma de Waal Malefyt is Resource Development Specialist in Congregational Song for the Worship Institute. Her responsibilities include developing training resources and curriculum for the Worship Institute web site, publication series, and training events. She serves as a presenter at events sponsored by the Worship Institute, including academic courses, the annual Calvin Symposium on Worship, and other training events.
Norma enjoys participating in worship especially in the areas of worship planning and music leadership and in developing those gifts in others. She graduated from Calvin College with degrees in music education and organ performance. She returns to the college setting after serving in parish music ministry.
— CICW Website Bio (http://www.calvin.edu/worship)
You have access to this FlexScore.
Are parts of this score outside of your desired range? Try transposing this FlexScore.
General Settings
Stanza Selection
Voice Selection
Text size:
Music size:
Transpose (Half Steps):
Contacting server...
Contacting server...
Questions? Check out the FAQ

A separate copy of this score must be purchased for each choir member. If this score will be projected or included in a bulletin, usage must be reported to a licensing agent (e.g. CCLI, OneLicense, etc).

This is a preview of your FlexScore.
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us