When from Bondage we are Summoned

statues symbolizing synagogue and church - When from bondage we are summoned Out of darkness into light. We must go by hope and patience, Walk by faith and not by sight.  Chorus: Let us throw off all that hinders. Let us run the race to win, Let us hasten to our homeland, And rejoicing, enter in.  Let us throw off all that hinders; Let us run the race to win! Let us hasten to our homeland And, rejoicing, enter in.  When our God names us his people, Then he leads us by the hand Through a lonely, barren desert, To a great and glorious land.  At all stages of the journey God is with us, night and day, With compassion for our weakness, Every step along the way.
This hymn about God's call to repentance was written by American religious sister Delores Dufner, OB (1939-). It was first published in 1984

With meter 8.7.8.7 D, tunes it is set to include:
  • HAYWOOD'S HOME by Carl Haywood (1949-)
  • GRID, by Thomas Pavlechko (1962-)

Books it was published in include:
and these are the best sources of sheet music for it today.


Image credit: Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time By Joshua Koffman [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons



Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But the first three verses are currently available on this website.

The hymn has four verses of four lines each, and a chorus which is repeated after each one. A rough outline is:
1 When from bondage we are summoned ... Walk by faith and not by sight.

Chorus:
Let us throw off all that hinders.
Let us run the race to win,
Let us hasten to our homeland,
And rejoicing, enter in.

2 Let us throw off all that hinders ...

3 When our God names us his people ...

4 At all stages of the journey....

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