THE CHURCH’S ONE FOUNDATION

1.    The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ the Lord
She is his new creation by spirit 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 on ehope she presses, with every grace endured.

3.    Mid 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 hath union with God the three in one,
And mystic sweet communion with thosewhose 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.

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