Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair,
Lord, in Your suffering world, this is our prayer;
Bread for the children, justice, joy, peace,
Sunrise to sunset Your Kingdom increase!

God of the poor, Friend of the weak,
Give us compassion, we pray.
Melt our cold hearts; let tears fall like rain;
Come, change our love from a spark to a flame.

Shelter for fragile lives, cures for their ills,
Work for the craftsmen, trade for their skills,
Land for the dispossessed, rights for the weak,
Voices to plead the cause of those who can’t speak.

Refuge from cruel wars, havens from fear,
Cities for sanctuary, freedoms to share,
Peace to the killing fields, scorched earth to green,
Christ for the bitterness, His cross for the pain.

Rest for the ravaged earth, oceans and streams
Plundered and poisoned – our future, our dreams.
Lord, end our madness, carelessness, greed;
Make us content with the things that we need.

Lighten our darkness; breathe on this flame
Until Your justice burns brightly again,
Until the nations learn of Your ways,
Seek Your salvation and bring You their praise.

GrahamKendrickAs we prepare for Remembrance Day and consider what warring has done in our world, let’s also contemplate this challenging, pleading prayer by Graham Kendrick. Kendrick is a British singer, songwriter and worship leader, born in 1950. He has numerous songs and recordings to his name, the most well-known song being Shine, Jesus, Shine . He has been awarded two Honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees for his contribution to Christian worship. Besides his many other accomplishments, Graham Kendrick is the founder of the movement, “March for Jesus”.

S.A. SONG BOOK, 2015 EDITION, #998


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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30th


The Salvation Army Oshawa acknowledges the many Indigenous nations with longstanding relationships with the territories upon which our Church and our Community & Family Services are located. We acknowledge the land is covered under the Williams Treaties, and is part of the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

These ancestral and treaty lands; the present-day home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people is where we meet, share hope, and build community.

We reflect on knowing the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home. We are treaty people, it is our privilege to build relationships through reconciliation.

While we cannot undo the past, we are committed to a different future and doing our part to contribute to an equitable, just, and grace-filled society.