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Troubled times in today’s world give rise to worry and doubt Click To Tweet

Oft our trust has known betrayal,
Oft our hopes were vain,
But there’s one in every trial
Constant will remain.

Yesterday, today, forever,
Jesus is the same;
We may change, but Jesus never;
Glory to His name!

Like a rock ‘midst dashing billows
Holding fast its place,
Jesus is in all life’s sorrows
When we trust His grace.

Do your duty, shirk it never,
Leave the rest with God;
Stand your ground, today, forever;
Victory through the blood!

Troubled times in today’s world give rise to worry and doubt, but the writer of Hebrews assures us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
This verse is the basis for the above song penned by Richard Slater and Albert Simpson. Slater was an early-day Salvationist who became known as “The Father of Salvation Army Music”.

Richard Slater inherited his father’s musical talent, and when he was only seven years old, he played in a mission’s fife and drum band, later becoming a Sunday School teacher at the mission. He learned to play the violin and became a music teacher, as well as a member of the Royal Albert Hall Orchestral Society.

In 1882 Richard attended a number of Salvation Army meetings and soon became a Salvationist. He began working in the Army’s new Music Department at Clapton in 1883, and took charge of the department until he retired as a brigadier in 1913. In retirement, Brigadier Slater resumed his Music Department appointment temporarily in 1923, and was promoted to the rank of Lieut.-Colonel. In his lifetime, he wrote more than 500 songs, mostly published in The Musical Salvationist , for songsters(choirs). He also wrote marches, selections and other arrangements for band journals. Other publications by Richard Slater were A Dictionary of Music , and a booklet, Salvation Army Song Writers .

The author of the chorus was born in Prince Edward Island Click To Tweet

The author of the chorus of the song was Albert Simpson, who was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada and received most of his education in Canada. He became a pastor and served mainly in U.S. churches, eventually founding the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. He wrote about 170 hymns, most of them published in Alliance hymnbooks.

S.A. SONG BOOK, 1987 EDITION, # 750; 2015 EDITION, # 668

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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 

 Our FOOD BANK and THRIFT STORE in downtown Oshawa are operating under COVID restrictions. If you are solely in need of food, please make an appointment at 905-723-7422 ext 221. 

 The Thrift Store is operating under COVID Restrictions. Store is closed April 12th -14th. Planned reopening Thursday April 15th. Accepting donations resumes Thursday April, 15th Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm at the back loading dock door.  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]

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