Give Me a Holy Life

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Give me a holy life,
Spotless and free,
Cleansed by the crystal flow
Coming from Thee.
Purge the dark halls of thought,
Here let Thy work be wrought,
Each wish and feeling brought
Captive to Thee.

Cleanse, Thou refining Flame,
All that is mine;
Self only may remain
If Thou refine.
Fix the intention sure;
Make my desire secure;
With love my heart keep pure,
Rooted in Thee.

All my best works are naught,
Please they not Thee;
Far past my busy hands
Thine eye doth see –
Into the depths of mind,
Searching the plan designed,
Gladdened when Thou dost find
First of all, Thee.

Now is my will resigned,
Struggles are quelled;
Clay on the wheel am I,
Nothing withheld.
Master, I yield to Thee;
Crumble, then fashion me
Flawless, and fit to be
Indwelt by Thee.

Here is a very poetic, devotional hymn written by Leslie Taylor-Hunt. When his father, Regimental Sergeant-Major Gilbert Hunt, died in Leslie’s youth, he was adopted by an aunt and uncle, the Taylors, in Weston-super-Mare, England. The uncle was bandmaster at the local corps and that is where Leslie was introduced to The Salvation Army. He must have quickly become a very keen and active Salvationist, as during the First World War he was sent in charge of Hastings III Corps, even though he was only sixteen years old! After the war, Leslie entered the training garrison for Salvation Army officers. He was a cadet-sergeant at the training garrison, and then worked in Czechoslovakia for a time. Leslie was appointed to International Headquarters, London, in the Overseas, Literary and Secretarial Departments. During this period he often accompanied General Bramwell Booth on campaigns in Britain and other parts of Europe, as a vocal soloist in meetings led by the General. Later, Taylor-Hunt was appointed to Territorial Headquarters in Canada, but following that appointment he resigned from officership. He lived from 1901 to 1979.

S.A. SONG BOOK, 1987 EDITION, #416; 2015 EDITION, #704

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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 

 Our FOOD BANK and THRIFT STORE in downtown Oshawa are operating under COVID restrictions. If you are solely in need of food, please make an appointment at 905-723-7422 ext 221. 

 The Thrift Store is operating under COVID Restrictions. Store is closed April 12th -14th. Planned reopening Thursday April 15th. Accepting donations resumes Thursday April, 15th Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm at the back loading dock door.  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]