739. 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 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 Called forth 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,
and shares one holy food,
as to one hope she presses,
with every grace endued.

3 In 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.

4 Yet she on earth has union
with God, the Three in one,
and mystical 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.

Text Information
First Line: The Church's one foundation
Author: Samuel John Stone (1839-1900) (alt.)
Meter: 76 76 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2008
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Topic: The Holy Spirit: The Church Celebrates - Oneness with the Church in Heaven; Church: unity and ecumenism; Communion of Saints
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: E♭ Major

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