Thou Art The Way

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Thou art the way – none other dare I follow;
Thou art the truth, and Thou hast made me free;
Thou art the life, the hope of my tomorrow;
Thou art the Christ who died for me.
This is my creed that, ‘mid earth’s sin and sorrow,
My life may guide men unto Thee.

Hold Thou my feet; let there be no returning
Along the path which Thou hast bid me tread;
Train Thou my mind – I would be ever learning
The better way Thy fame to spread;
Keep Thou my heart ablaze with holy burning
That love for souls may ne’er be dead.

I would bring peace to lives now torn asunder,
Ease aching hearts with words that soothe and heal;
I would bring peace when, breaking like the thunder,
Men rise in war, and hatred feel.
Peacemaker, Lord! Now I am stirred to wonder;
O take me, and my calling seal!

All Christians today would do well to pray these words written by Archibald Wiggins, a Salvation Army officer. Wiggins grew up in England, attending a Methodist church but later becoming a Salvationist. Like many young people of his day, he began work at age thirteen and then became Assistant Secretary at London’s Connaught Club. When he was twenty-one he entered the S.A. Training College at Clapton. Most of his appointments were in editorial work – clearly his strength. He also enjoyed music, and was a Songster before his officership and at one time was a member of the International Staff Band.

Arch Wiggins retired as a Lieut.-Commissioner in 1959. He had written over 250 songs, and contributed at least one song annually to The Musical Salvationist , a publication for Songster Brigades. He also found time to write several S.A. historical and biographical books.

WORDS: ARCH WIGGINS; MUSIC: TUNE, FINLANDIA – JEAN SIBELIUS
S.A. SONG BOOK, 1987 EDITION, # 529; 2015 EDITION, # 628
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.