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The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord;

Songbook: Chalice Hymnal

Page Number: 272

Song Key: D

Language: English

Authors: Samuel J. Stone, st. 2, Laurence H. Stookey, Samuel S. Wesley

Tune Name: AURELIA

Themes: Foundation

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1 The Church's one foundation
is Jesus Christ our Lord;
we are his new creation
by water and the Word;
from heaven he came and sought us
to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought us,
and for our life he died.

2 Called forth from every nation,
yet one o'er all the earth;
our charter of salvation:
one Lord, one faith, one birth,
One holy name professing
and at one table fed,
to one hope always pressing,
by Christ's own Spirit led.

3 Though with a scornful wonder
the world sees us 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 our war,
we wait the consummation
of peace forevermore,
till with the vision glorious
our longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious
shall be the Church at rest.

5 We now on earth have union
with God, the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won.
Oh, 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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