394. The Church's One Foundation

1 The church's one foundation
is Jesus Christ her Lord;
she is his new creation
by water '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
men see her sore oppress'd,
by schisms rent asunder,
by heresies distress'd;
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 'Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war
she waits the consummation
of peace for evermore,
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;
O happy ones and holy,
Lord, give us grace that we,
like them, the meek and lowly,
on high may dwell with thee.

Text Information
First Line: The church's one foundation
Title: The Church's One Foundation
Author: Samuel John Stone (1866)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: D
Scripture: ; ; ; ;
Topic: Church: Anniversaries and Dedications; Processional Hymns; Reformation Day
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: S. S. Wesley (1864)
Meter: D
Key: E♭ Major

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