Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Kenneth Smith

Written in 1990 for the centenary of the Addictions and Rehabilitation Department (formerly Men’s Social Services) in the Canada and Bermuda Territory, this suite explores the concept of serving “with heart to God and hand to man,” as particularly exemplified in the lives of those dedicated officers and lay Salvationists who serve in this vital Salvation Army ministry. The three movements are as follows:

1. The Call
The use of the old song “To the war! to the war! loud and long rings the call” embodies the call to all Salvationists to see the “drifting millions,” to “care for the dying” and “seek for the lost.” Reference is also made to the great hymn of the church, “Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war.”

2. The Challenge
The song “They Need Christ” by Generals John Gowans and John Larsson forms the basis of this reflective movement, reminding listeners of the practical nature of Salvation Army ministry to those from all segments of society. As an even more personal challenge, it is coupled with the soul-searching question voiced by General Albert Orsborn: “Except I am moved with compassion, how dwelleth thy Spirit in me?”

3. The Commission
The poignant words of Fanny Crosby’s hymn “Rescue the Perishing” have for years proven to be an effective reminder of our divine commission to care for the lost in all circumstances of life. The music of this third movement, based on this song, seeks to portray the hectic rush and busyness of those involved in Christian ministry as they go about their daily task of rescuing and caring for those who have lost their way along the path of life.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 27 March, 2017.