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We’re in God’s Army and we fight
Wherever wrong is found;
A lowly cot or stately home
May be our battleground.
We own no man as enemy;
Sin is our challenged foe;
We follow Jesus, Son of God,
As to the war we go.

We shall not lose the fight of faith,
For Jesus is our Lord.
We lay all carnal weapons down
To take His shining sword.

When our invading forces march,
In every tongue we sing;
We are of every class and race,
Yet one in Christ, the King.
Our Master’s darkest battlefield,
Upon a lonely height,
Reveals God’s sword to everyone:
A cross of love and light.

His Kingdom cometh not by force,
But, by the gentle power
Of righteousness and truth and grace,
He triumphs every hour.
Sometimes His happy people march
With banners floating high,
Though often in secluded ways,
They fight that self may die.

The good fight is the fight of faith;
Heaven’s victories are won
By men unarmed, save with the mind
That was in Christ, the Son.
As morning overwhelms the night,
So truth shall sin o’erthrow,
And love at last shall vanquish hate
As sunshine melts the snow.

An old song that is still relevant today, this one restates the Salvation Army’s mission and explains to the world that our fighting is not physical, but spiritual. The Army’s fight was clear to Catherine Baird, the daughter of officers in Australia in the early 20th century. She was born in 1895, but her parents were unexpectedly appointed to South Africa in 1903. When Catherine asked her mother if she was sad to be leaving Australia, her mother replied in the affirmative, since her parents and siblings lived there. Catherine then asked why her mother was leaving, to which Mrs. Baird replied, ” Because Father is needed in Africa, and a soldier goes where he is needed.” The Boer War had fortunately just ended, but the Salvation war continued!

Catherine_BairdIn 1915, Catherine Baird became a Salvation Army officer and went on to serve in various corps, headquarters and editorial appointments, including some in the U.S. and some in London, England. She wrote numerous poems and songs, and retired as a Colonel in 1957.

S.A. SONG BOOK, 1987 EDITION, #705; 2015 EDITION, #991

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COVID 19 Update

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  office@saoshawa.ca 

 Our FOOD BANK and THRIFT STORE are open in downtown Oshawa, but if you are solely in need of food, please make an appointment at 905-723-7422 ext 221. 

 DONATIONS can be dropped off at the Thrift Store.  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]