The Church’s One Foundation

As my church’s triennial convention comes to a close today in Indianapolis, I’m reminded by the words of this famous hymn about the fact that Christ is our sure foundation and we have “one Lord, one faith, one birth” in Christ. Though we may not always agree liturgically, canonically, biblically, or otherwise, it is the liberating message of Christ’s Gospel which binds us together and leads us forward in unity of love for Christ and our neighbor. We are truly blessed. Thanks be to God!

(the italicized stanza is not sung in this version)

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.

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.

Though with a scornful wonder
men 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.

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 blessed,
and the great Church victorious
shall be the Church at rest.

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 dwell with thee.

Words: Samuel John Stone, 1868
Tune: Aurelia by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)

–From the album The World of Favourite Hymns, sung by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

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