The Church’s One Foundation

The Church’s One Foundation
Words by Samuel Stone, 1866. Music by Brian Moss, ©1996 Parson John Publishing (ASCAP).

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.

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.

‘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!

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.