The Greatest of These

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Though in declaring Christ to the sinner,
I may all men surpass,
If love impassioned seal not the message,
I am naught but sounding brass.

Love suffereth patiently;
Love worketh silently;
Love seeketh not her own.
Love never faileth;
Love still prevaileth;
Lord, in me Thy love enthrone!

Though I have wisdom lighting all mysteries,
Though I may all things know,
Though great my faith be, removing mountains,
Without love ’tis empty show.

Though I distribute all my possessions,
Though as a martyr die,
My sacrifices profit me nothing,
Unless love doth sanctify.

This poetic paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 describes the essence of a true follower of Jesus, even though the original words were written by Paul, and not Jesus Himself. The author, Archibald Wiggins, was a Salvation Army officer who lived from 1893 to 1976. He attended the Church of England and then a Methodist church before joining the Salvation Army. His early officership was spent in corps(church) and divisional administrative appointments, but most of his life was given to editorial work – his strength. In 1957 he became Personal Literary Secretary to the General, Wilfred Kitching. Wiggins wrote over 250 songs, and for more than 50 years he contributed at least one song annually to The Musical Salvationist , a publication for Salvation Army Songster Brigades (choirs). The above song was at one time such a piece, before it was included in the Song Book for congregational singing. He also wrote biographies of Salvationists Richard Slater, Theodore Kitching and George Marshall. Wiggins retired as a Lieut.-Commissioner in 1959.

WORDS: ARCHIBALD WIGGINS; MUSIC: GEORGE MARSHALL
S.A. SONG BOOK, 1987 EDITION, #530; 2015 EDITION, #683
REFERENCE: USAWEST.ORG

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30th

THE SALVATION ARMY OSHAWA LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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.