321. 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 heaven 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 Though with a scornful wonder
this 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 Mid 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 has 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,
may live eternally.

Text Information
First Line: The church's one foundation
Title: The Church’s One Foundation
Author: Samuel John Stone (1866, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D
Scripture: Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:1-3; Matthew 16:15-18; Matthew 24:31; Mark 13:27; John 3:5; Acts 2:42; Acts 2:47; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 3:11; 1 Corinthians 10:17; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 4:4-6; Ephesians 5:23; Ephesians 5:25-27; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 3:1-6; Hebrews 9:28; Hebrews 12:1; Revelation 5:9; Revelation 7:14; Revelation 21:2; Revelation 21:9
Topic: Atonement; The Church; Eternal Life4 more...
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: AURELIA
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1864)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D
Key: D Major


Text Information:

This hymn was one of twelve written by an English curate to affirm the articles of the Apostles’ Creed with biblical allusions such as 1 Corinthians 3:11 here. Though not created for this text, the tune was joined to it in 1868, and the two have been inseparable ever since.


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