511. The Church's One Foundation

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

4 Yet she on earth has union
with God the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won:
O 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 John Stone (1866, alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Nature of the Church; Church--Anniversary; Church--Foundation and nature (3 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1864)
Key: E♭ Major
Notes: 151 L in 1891 Offices of Worship and Hymns

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