#186: The Church’s One Foundation

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(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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 dell with Thee.

 

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