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 heav'n 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.
'Mid toil and tribulation,
  And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
  Of peace for evermore;
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,
  In love may dwell with Thee.
Jim Lembke

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

We sang The Church’s one foundation yesterday in worship. As usual, it brought me to tears. The richness of the theology in the lyrics put this hymn in a very exclusive club. I woke up this morning and this great hymn came to mind during my devotion. So I googled the lyrics and came to this website. I have been blessed by the remarks.

Luis A Montero

Caguas, Puerto Rico, United States Minor Outlying Islands

I used to sing this song as a boy in morning chapel at St. David's Catholic School in New York City, and to this day--about forty years later--the hymn keeps coming back to me. I thank God for the beauty of this hymn, the spiritual power of its words, and the appreciation shown by others at this site. Thank you for sharing this treasure!

Mark McCadden

Bognor Regis, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Even now the lyrics of this song bring tears to my eyes for I believe it was upon hearing the words of this first verse that the Lord first revealed himself to me and I began my Christian journey, now nearly forty years ago.

Peter Smith

East Woonona, NSW, Australia

I woke up with the first verse and the melody in my mind. It takes me back to childhood when I loved the music, but had not fully grasped the wonderful significance of the lyrics.

As I do now. Much has already been said about the vital worth of good theology behind our Christian songs. I wholeheartedly agree, and wish more of these old classics were used in churches now.

Wilma Boreham

Cobargo, NSW, Australia

I have loved this hymn since I was baptised 60 years ago and it is the gospel and future for us all. It is a pity we don't sing it often enough in our churches today.


Accra, Ghana

And Her church will always need Him in desperate times like these.

Paul Inalegwu

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

I can't express the joy from inside when I sing the Church is one foundation ... And to one hope she presses with every grace endued...

Me: Maranatha Amen

Stanley Quartey

United Kingdom

We will never forget what the Lord did to win His bride. Today as His church we are so complete in Him knowing our sufficiency is in Christ alone.


Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

I have had this hymn on my mind all week and as I read it over and over I am reminded of the wonderful hope we have in Jesus Christ. One day we will all worship Him face-to-face, together. I look forward to that day.

C. Posey

Siloam Springs, Arkansas, United States

If you can find a way to get your hands on a copy of the old black-and-white film made in the late 40s or early 50s starring Frederick March, titled "One Foot in Heaven," this is the hymn the producers chose to close out the entire movie. There are tears in my eyes each time I recall this closing scene. I know I fell in love with it then, but I've loved this hymn since I was a child. How grieved I am that we cannot hear it anymore in most churches today. Instead we get the "worship band," and with the exception of Keith and Kristin Getty's marvelous songs, pale, anemic choruses by comparison with little or no bedrock teaching of basic truths of the faith.