#348 The Church Has One Foundation

Words by Samuel John Stone, 1866 (1839-1900)

Music by Samuel S. Wesley, 1864 (1810-1876)

 

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

we 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 forevermore;

till, with the vision glorious,

her longing eyes are blest,

and the great church victorious

shall be the church at rest.

 

     The Church Has One Foundation, was written in 1866 by Samuel John Stone, an Anglican curate. It is part of a series of 12 hymns he wrote celebrating the various articles of The Apostlesí Creed. His aim was to teach the great truths of the Creed to the poorer and uneducated members of his congregation.