The Church's One Foundation

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Chris Rice is an American songwriter who works in the contemporary Christian music, contemporary folk, and adult contemporary genres with a style similar to David Wilcox[disambiguation needed] and James Taylor. He became a recording artist as well in 1996 after signing a contract with Michael W. Smith's record label and releasing his debut album, Deep Enough to Dream. more »

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. 

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.


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