ROOTED - Saturday, May 18, 2024

Psalm 33:1
Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.


When we moved to West Virginia to serve in ministry in 2000, we served in a little Baptist Church in Ronceverte. Beautiful little church and people. Traditional church, of course! To my surprise there were hymns that I did not know. I thought I had heard all the hymns, but, indeed, there are hymns that are regional to particular areas. There are hymns that are particular to denominations (as I have learned becoming familiar with our United Methodist hymnbook)! There are hymns that are particular to theological distinctions. Well, in WV I was introduced to the hymn Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart. Written in the 1860’s, it is an upbeat hymn with a title that fits the lyric: rejoice, give thanks and sing!!!!
1 Rejoice, O pure in heart,
rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
your festal banner wave on high,
the cross of Christ your King.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing!

We rejoice, Oh Lord, in the work of your hands. We bless your name and affirm that you are holy, and greatly to be praised!