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348. The Church Has 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 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
we 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.

Text Information
First Line: The church has one foundation, 'Tis Jesus Christ her Lord
Title: The Church Has One FOundation
Author: Samuel J. Stone (1839-1900) (1866)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Christian Church: Community in Christ
Tune Information
Name: AURELIA
Composer: Samuel S. Wesley (1810-1876) (1864)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.
Incipit: 33343 32116 54345
Key: D Major



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