Why We Do What We Do

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Why We Do What We Do?

Isn’t it wonderful to see lives transformed, people given a second chance to live up to their potential?  For many Canadians that seems like just a dream, something impossible to attain.  The Salvation Army believes there is hope, that with a little help, anyone can turn their lives around, and dig their way out of whatever it is that holds them down.

The Salvation Army helped 1.7 million Canadians during the past year to do just that.  To see that there is hope, they can find their way in this world. We see people’s struggles and successes daily.  They are the reason we have hope and continue to do what we do.

People often ask us why we do it.  What’s in it for The Salvation Army? What motivates us?  You see, we do what we do because we are a people who have been loved by God and who love Jesus.  That means that every Salvationist, each one who wears that uniform, and many who don’t wear it, has experienced God in a personal way and has a personal relationship because of the gift of His only Son. 

God’s word says this:  “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14 NIV)

We could have continued to worship a God who was distant, fearsome and unknowable, but the world wouldn’t have changed very much.  Instead God provided a way for us to have a personal relationship with Him.  Though we are unworthy in ourselves, by the sacrifice of God’s Son, given freely to redeem us from sin, we can now know the peace of heart that can only come from a relationship with this Prince of Peace.

The passage quoted from Colossians, chapter 3, goes on to say: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
 

What motivates us?  That’s best summed up in one of our mottos:  “Heart to God and hand to man”  Perhaps you yourself are looking for meaning in your life.  Your successes and accomplishments have brought little joy in the end, and you wonder how can I know my life matters?

Well, it’s all about a little baby, who was born at Christmas 2000 years ago, in a humble stable, surrounded by the sounds and smells of animals and hay – a gift of love from the father above, for you, so that you could know Him, and find your meaning in Him. 
You see, Love really does change everything.

Written by: Commissioner Susan McMillan 
Salvation Army officer for 35 years

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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]