Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Church's One Foundation

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.

She is 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.

’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 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.

[written by: Samuel J. Stone 1866]

1 Corinthians 6:17 … But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:27 … Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Ephesians 5:30 … For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Ephesians 4:5-6 … One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. ♥