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 over 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.
The Church shall never perish, her dear Lord to defend,
To guide, sustain and cherish, is with her to the end;
Though there be those who hate her and false sons in her pale,
Against both foe or traitor she ever shall prevail.
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 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
With all her sons and daughters who, by the Master’s hand,
Led through the deathly waters, repose in Eden land.
O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we
Like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with Thee:
There, past the border mountains, where in sweet vales the Bride
With Thee by living fountains forever shall abide!
For the next four weeks, let us immerse ourselves in the Bible and the confessions and find ourselves standing anew upon the one true foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ, saved by grace and sent as His witnesses with the message of the Gospel to the world that God so loves.