Happy the Home


Happy the home when God is there
And love fills every breast,
Where one their wish, and one their prayer,
And one their heavenly rest.

Happy the home where Jesus’ name
Is sweet to every ear,
Where children early lisp His fame
And parents hold Him dear.

Happy the home where prayer is heard
And praise is wont to rise,
Where parents love the sacred Word,
And live but for the skies.

Lord, let us in our homes agree
This blessèd peace to gain;
Unite our hearts in love to Thee,
And love to all will reign.

It may seem strange that included in our Song Book is a hymn by a member of the Unitarian church, since its beliefs about Jesus are quite different from those of the Salvation Army and other mainstream Christian churches. However, the ideas about God and home expressed here certainly coincide with ours and add to our thoughts as we celebrate Mother’s Day this week.

In 1812 Henry Ware graduated from Harvard University, which, at that time in history, was largely a Unitarian school. He became a Unitarian pastor in Boston, Massachusetts, before becoming a professor of pulpit eloquence and pastoral care in the Cambridge Theological School from 1830 to 1842. Henry also was the editor of the Christian Disciple for some time. He was a mentor to Ralph Waldo Emerson until their theological beliefs diverged, and each wrote or preached messages in opposition to the other’s views. In spite of much controversy in theological circles, Henry Ware clearly believed in the importance of harmony in individual homes, as the above song shows.

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S.A. SONG BOOK, 1987 EDITION, #661; 2015 EDITION, # 1015

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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.