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156. The Church Has One Foundation

1 The church has one foundation,
'Tis Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation,
Through water by 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 every 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 every grace endued.

3 Long with a scornful wonder
Men saw her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distressed.
Yet saints their watch were keeping
To hail a brighter day,
When God should stop their weeping,
Take their reproach away.

4 The evening sun is shining,
The cloudy day is past;
The time of their repining
Is at an end at last.
The voice of God is calling
To unity again;
Division walls are falling,
With all the creeds of men.

5 Back to the one foundation,
From sects and creeds made free,
Come saints of every nation
To blessed unity.
Once more the ancient glory
Shines as in days of old,
And tells the wondrous story -
One God, one faith, one fold.

Text Information
First Line: The church has one foundation
Title: The Church Has One Foundation
Author: Samuel J. Stone (1866)
Author (st. 3-5): Charles W. Naylor (1907)
Meter: D
Source: Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (4); The Gospel Trumpet Company, Hymnal of the Church of God, 1953 (420); Timeless Truths (; The Gospel Trum
Tune Information
Name: [The church has one foundation]
Composer: Andrew L. Byers (1907)
Meter: D
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Timeless Truths (; The Gospel Trumpet Company, Hymnal of the Church of God, 1953 (420); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (4); The Gospel Trum

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