Hymn #73: Enter, Rejoice, and Come In

       Louise Ruspini (20th century) based this text on Psalm 100.  It grew in popularity in the United States during the 1970s.  The opening stanza is based on Psalm 100:4, and the rest of the stanzas invite a willingness to be open to the leading of the Spirit in worship.

           Louis Ruspini has published her work in Journey to Freedom.  This hymn appears with a harmonization by Betty A. Wylder (1923-1994) in Singing the Living Tradition, a hymnal published by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1993.

            Louise Ruspini composed the tune ENTER, REJOICE to accompany her text based on Psalm 100.  The simple tune is meant to be sung in unison.  Guitar chords are provided for congregations wishing to experiment with a different accompaniment.

            In the 1960s and 1970s many congregational experienced a wave of new music and contemporary worship services.  In the Roman Catholic Church this included the use of the vernacular in worship.  Songs like this one by Louise Ruspini in a popular style were frequently used as gathering songs during this time.