The Church's One Foundation
Samuel J. Stone (1839-1900) 1866, 1868
Composer - Samuel S. Wesley (1810-1876) 1864
1. The Church-'s one foun-da-tion Is Je-sus
Christ her Lord;
She is His new cre-a-tion By wa-ter
and the Word:
From heav'n He came and sought her To
be His ho-ly bride;
With His own blood He bought her, And
for her life He died.
2. E-lect from ev-'ry na-tion, Yet one o'er
all the earth,
Her char-ter of sal-va-tion One Lord,
one faith, one birth;
One ho-ly name she bless-es,
Par-takes one ho-ly food,
And to one hope she press-es, With
ev-'ry grace en-dued.
3. 'Mid toil and trib-u-la-tion And tu-mult of
She waits the con-sum-ma-tion Of
Till with the vi-sion glo-rious Her
long-ing eyes are blest,
And the great Church vic-to-rious
Shall be the Church at rest.
4. Yet she on earth hath un-ion With God the
Three in One,
And mys-tic sweet com-mun-ion With
those whose rest is won:
O hap-py ones and ho-ly! Lord, give
us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and low-ly, On
high may dwell with Thee.
Though with a scorn-ful won-der Men see her sore op-pressed,
By schisms rent a-sun-der, By her-e-sies
Yet saints their watch are keep-ing,
Their cry goes up, "How long?"
And soon the night of weep-ing Shall
be the morn of song.
a (Used as
verse 3) Northfield Hymnal No. 3, The Bookstore, The Northfield Schools, East
Northfield, Mass. 1918
a (Used as verse 3) The Hymnal
for Youth, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1951