272. The Church's One Foundation

1 The Church’s one foundation
is Jesus Christ our Lord;
we are his new creation
by water and the Word;
from heaven he came and sought us
to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought us,
and for our life he died.

[Stanza 2 under copyright]

3 Though with a scornful wonder
the world sees us 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 our war,
we wait the consummation
of peace forevermore,
till with the vision glorious
our longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious
shall be the Church at rest.

5 We now on earth have union
with God, the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won.
Oh, happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
like them, the meek and lowly,
on high may dwell with thee.

Text Information
First Line: The church's one foundation
Title: The Church's One Foundation
Author: Samuel J. Stone (1866, alt.)
Adapter (st. 2): Laurence Hall Stookey (1983, alt.)
Meter: 76.76D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: God's Church: Foundation; God's Church: The Foundation; Church (5 more...)
Copyright: St. 2 adapt. © 1983 The United Methodist Publishing House
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel S. Wesley (1864)
Descant: Charles H. Webb (1980)
Meter: 76.76D
Key: D Major
Copyright: desc. © 1980 Harold Flammer Music (ASCAP), a div. of Shawnee Press, Inc.

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