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Have you ever stopped to think
How God loves you?
It sounds quite incredible, and yet it’s true.
Nothing on this earth or in the heavens above
Is as sure and certain as God’s love.

Oh, it’s as high as the sky and it’s as deep as the sea,
And it’s as wide as the world –
God’s love for you and for me.
We can’t escape His love,
Or take ourselves out of His care,
So where could we hide from His love?
His love is everywhere.

Everything is changing in the world today;
There’s one thing reliable in every way:
Other things may alter but it’s clear and plain
That the love of God is just the same.

Wider than the human mind can realise,
His love is unlimited and never dies;
Though we don’t deserve it, every day it’s new –
That’s the love of God for me and you.

John Gowans

John Gowans was born in Blantyre,Scotland, in 1934, the son of Salvation Army officers. As a young adult, he completed service in the UK Royal Army Educational Corps in Germany. He entered the S.A. Training College for officers in 1954. He held several appointments as a corps officer (pastor), followed by administrative work, including as a Divisional Youth Secretary and then as a Divisional Commander in the UK. He was Chief Secretary in France, working alongside his French-speaking wife, Gisele. Gowans was also Secretary for Program in the USA Western Territory, and Divisional Commander in Southern California. He was elected General of the worldwide Salvation Army in 1999, retiring in 2002.

gowans_larssonpicGeneral John Gowans (R) wrote the lyrics for numerous songs in the musicals on which he collaborated with General John Larsson (R), who wrote the music. Gowans was known as someone who truly cared for people and had a great capacity for friendship. He was promoted to Glory in December 2012. One can view a tribute to him on YouTube.

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S.A. SONG BOOK, 1987 EDITION, #49; 2015 EDITION, #29

New tune: Composer Andrew Maycock


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COVID 19 Update

The members of The Salvation Army Oshawa Temple want to protect you from any Covid-19 spread yet, at the same time, wish to journey life with you. 

At present, there are still reports of new strains of Covid-19 spread and, unfortunately, we are not at a level of vaccination that safely allows us to congregate. Therefore, we have initiated the following:

 In-Person Church Services are postponed until further notice, but our ONLINE SERVICES, complete with music, songs, prayer, and Biblically focused sermons can be found here. [Click to follow]

 Our CHURCH OFFICE is closed, but we are still available Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 3:00 pm).  If you have enquiries, needs, prayer requests, or simply want to discuss life, please connect with us by phone at 905-436-0011, text us at 289-768-5959, or email the office. Email address is  office@saoshawa.ca 

 Our FOOD BANK and THRIFT STORE are open in downtown Oshawa, but if you are solely in need of food, please make an appointment at 905-723-7422 ext 221. 

 DONATIONS can be dropped off at the Thrift Store.  Please access the Albert Street side of the building in downtown Oshawa from Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 4:30 pm) and Saturday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm).  The Thrift Store is closed on Sunday. More Thrift Store Details… [Click to follow]

 COUNSELLING SERVICES, including aid with annual TAX RETURNS, continue Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 4:30 pm),  but please call for an appointment at 905-723-7422. Registration for The Low Income Tax Clinic is online. [Click to follow]