77. 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 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
Men see her sore 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 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.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: The Church's one foundation
Title: The Church's One Foundation
Author: Samuel J. Stone
Publication Date: 1980
Scripture: Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 3:1; Ephesians 4:4-5; Ephesians 5:25-26; Hebrews 9:28; Hebrews 12:1; Revelation 5:9; Revelation 7:14; Revelation 21:9
Topic: Church: militant and triumphant; Worship
Tune Information
Name: [The Church's one foundation]
Composer: Samuel S. Wesley
Key: E♭ Major



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