654. The Church's One Foundation

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1 The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
she is his new creation by water and the word.
From heav'n he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

2 Elect from ev'ry nation, yet one o’er all the earth,
her charter of salvation one Lord, one faith, one birth:
one holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses with ev'ry grace endued.

3 Though with a scornful wonder the world sees her oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up: “How long?”
and soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

4 Through toil and tribulation and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

5 Yet she on earth hath union with God, the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won.
Oh, blessed heav'nly chorus! Lord, save us by your grace,
that we, like saints before us, may see you face to face.

Text Information
First Line: The church's one foundation
Title: The Church's One Foundation
Author: Samuel J. Stone, 1839-1900
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Dedication, Anniversary; Community in Christ
Tune Information
Name: AURELIA
Composer: Samuel S. Wesley, 1810-1876
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: E♭ Major



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