The hymn "The Church's One Foundation" is a favorite of mine, as I'm sure it is a favorite of many of yours. The lyrics are that rare combination of being beautifully poetic, while at the same time conveying deep and profound theological truth. Not only each verse but even each phrase within the verse affirms that no matter what the Church goes through, Christ is working His purpose out in and through it. In verse one, we are reminded that Christ is the foundation of the Church because He is the one who came and bought it with His blood. In verse two, we affirm that it is God that that draws us to Himself, from all over the world, and that we are connected one to another in Christ. Verse three reminds us that although the Church may go through hard times such as oppression through schisms and heresies, God will soon rescue His Church from all that would divide it. On and on, through each verse, there is another aspect of the doctrine and history (and future) of the Church that is examined. At six verses, it's one of the longer songs in our hymnal, but oh how rich and beautiful it is.
Read more: January 8, 2017 (First Sunday after Epiphany)