337. 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 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 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 '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.

4 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.

Alternate text:
1 The Church's one foundation is Christ, God's own true child
In whom the whole creation is freed and reconciled
To bring the Church together, Christ lived and freely died;
Raised up by God, forever, Christ lives to be our Guide.

2 The world and all the nations, created to be one
Can live in sweet communion with God and God's own Son
When we who say we love Him begin to live and BE
A people with great freedom to gain through harmony.

3 Where are the gifts we're seeking if not in our own hearts?
To share, to offer others so they may know their parts
In working as the chosen, whose heritage and hopes
Are in the great Creator, our Christ, our Lord who knows.

4 Let's offer all our talents and wants for setting free
The homeless and the hungry, the hurting you and me
Remembering tomorrow, the Son will rise and shine
To give us Light and helpers to serve Him while there's time.

Text Information
First Line: The Church's one foundation
Title: The Church's One Foundation
Author: Samuel J. Stone, 1839-1900
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2001
Topic: Everlasting Life; Jesus Christ: His Blood
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel J. Wesley, 1810-1876
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: E♭ Major

Audio recording: Piano Harmony (auto-generated)
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