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.
Godwin Christopher J

Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

I recollect this song sung in the Church dedication by Bishop Robert Caldwell at Idiyankudi, on July 6, 1880

Mary Hughes

Scottsdale, AZ, United States

I am stunned to read in the comments here that others have recently awakened with this hymn running in mind, because I am here at this site for the same reason. I woke this morning hearing this beautiful hymn in my mind and heart.


South Ockendon, United Kingdom

I was hearing this beautiful song in my spirit as I was waking up from my dreams this morning!

Hallelujah!! Blessed be the name of the Lord most High!!!

Chidirim Chitumogu

Gwarimpa, Abuja, Nigeria

I really love this hymn..

It gives me so much hope. The gates of hell will never prevail against the church 'the bride' of Christ.

It is one of my mind favorites too and evokes somany beautiful memories of my childhood and beautiful family devotion times. It's really the little things.. God bless my parents.


Barrington, RI, United States

This too was my mother’s favorite and was played at her funeral. We are so blessed to be part of the Church Universal!

Karen Grun

Gretton, Northants, United Kingdom

My mother's name is Aurelia and when she got married she had this as one of the hymns. With referral to ' to be his holy bride'

Mum died yesterday and I hope to have this hymn played at her funeral.

John Hinson

King George, Virginia, United States

Wow! An instrumental of this song was playing this morning as I spent time with God in His Word. I too began singing the lyrics in my mind, as I was reading through John 8. Jesus is the ONE foundation. Granted, we may see many things differently within the Body of Christ, but if we miss The Cornerstone, we miss everything. Praise be to God for giving us His Son upon Whom our hope and life are built!


Didcot, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

This is so very interesting! He has woken me up as well with this hymn, this morning!

It is already the 1st of March, 2020!


HE has also expanded upon HIS PRAYER, THE LORD'S PRAYER, this morning! Indeed- Hallowed be His NAME, ABOVE ALL NAMES!

Psalm 34, and Psalm 95... sing these out together unto the KING OF GLORY!

Laurie Willson

Ames, Iowa, United States

Hallelujah to our Lord Jesus! I too have woken up hearing this hymn in my heart and mind the last month or so. I wonder how dear to our Lord's heart it must be and how it blesses Him that we believe it and sing it! He is moving in His beloved's hearts in these last days. I too sang it as a child in church but now it has such beautiful new meeting to me as I am born again and in my Lord Jesus Christ. Love You Lord!

Caroline Reid

Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

In this week of prayer for Christian unity, this hymn echoes in my thoughts. We are one despite our differences, with more in common than not. Yet how easily we allow our differences divide us to the detriment of our witness. Lord, forgive us and bring us together again in Yourself. That the world may know.