The Blessing of Church Membership

Rev. Charles Kincaid’s Gravestone

My uncle gave me a book that he believes was once owned by an ancestor of ours, Rev. Charles Kincaid, who was a Baptist pastor. In it I found a wonderful hymn to be sung when welcoming believers into local membership in the church.

As far as I know, the tune has been lost to time, or at least the internet. The author is noted only as “P. M”, unless that refers to something else. Either way, I am unsure of the author. After some research (the title page was missing), I believe the book to be The Dover selection of spiritual songs : with an appendix of choice hymns, on various occasions / compiled by Andrew Broaddus, published in 1831.

The Dover Selection of Spiritual Songs

Below is the text of this beautiful hymn.

A Welcome to Baptized Believers. P. M

Welcome here, our friend and brother,
­Welcome all our joys to share;
Kind and faithful to each other,
May we feel a brother’s care.

[chorus] Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are on our journey home:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Jesus smiles and bids us come.

Here, exposed to sore temptation,
Let us bear each other’s load,
Till we gain complete salvation,
In the presence of our God.

Christians thus together walking,
Mutual light and strength impart,
While of Christ, the Savior talking,
Love inflames their every heart.

Welcome, all who feel in union,
Who believe and are baptized,
Welcome here to full communion,
Welcome soon to endless joys.

As I have meditated on this song, the following scriptures come to mind: Rom 12:15; Gal 6:1-3; Phil 3:12-14; 1Cor 15:50-57; John 13:34 Luke 22:32; 24:31-32; Rom 6: 3-5; Luke 12:37

We should be thankful for the commitment and submission to one another that comes with church membership.

David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.