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The Salvation Army 150th Anniversary – International Congress
The 150th Anniversary Congress of the founding of The Salvation Army was launched on 1 July 2015 in London, UK. Salvationists from 126 countries will unite under the theme, BOUNDLESS: The Whole World Redeeming. This theme comes from the pen of General William Booth, who wrote the words to what we affectionately call The Founder’s Song:
O boundless salvation, deep ocean of love;
O fullness of mercy, Christ brought from above.
The whole world redeeming, so rich and so free;
Now flowing for all men, come roll over me!
Ephesians 3:8, admonishes us to "Preach to the nations the boundless riches of Christ!" And the nations will gather from the four corners of the earth in the East End of London to observe this historic event. The 2015 International Congress will commemorate the past accomplishments of The Army, which has seen the Gospel taken to 126 countries. It will also celebrate what God is doing in and through The Salvation Army today and it will innovate for the future, spurring us on to even greater things beyond the year 2015.
While Congresses traditionally take place over the course of a weekend, the Boundless Congress is a five-day event, which will begin on Wednesday 1 July with an opening rally that will welcome the world to London, the birthplace of The Salvation Army. The Congress will conclude with a grand sending-forth service on Sunday 5 July. Every meeting is being planned to first of all, bring honour and glory to the Lord, but also to display the cultural diversity of our world-wide Army. You will not want to miss a single meeting.

LIVE webcast programmes:
Date Time* Programme
1.7.2015(WED) 7 p.m. Session 1: A Joyful Army
2.7.2015(THU) 10 a.m. Session 2: A Unified Army
  7 p.m. Session 3: A Serving Army
3.7.2015(FRI) 10 a.m. Session 4: A Caring Army (Social Justice)
  7 p.m. Session 5: An All-Embracing Army
4.7.2015(SAT) 7 p.m. Session 6: A Youthful Army
5.7.2015(SUN) 10 a.m. Session 7: An Army of Integrity
*Hong Kong time: + 7 hours
On 2 July morning and 3 July evening, The Salvation Army Hong Kong and Macau Command will perform praise dance and the music “O Boundless Salvation”, using erhu and Chinese percussion instruments.
29 performers come from Kowloon Central Corps, Hong Kong Island East Corps, Tsuen Kwai Corps, Wanchai Corps, William Booth Corps and Beijing Project Office. 10 of them will perform with musical instruments.
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Congress musical ─ "Covenant"

“As an ailing William Booth ponders the future of his beloved Army, we travel through history and across the globe witnessing his legacy in action. From the mountains of China to the streets of New York, from the jungles of Papua New Guinea to war-torn Europe, his covenant has become our covenant.”
The musical’s playwright Karl Larsson, music composer and director Kevin Larsson, and lyricist Commissioner Keith Banks, created the concept and structure of the musical last year. They tailored it to reach the multicultural audience at Boundless, and live beyond the congress.
“Covenant” is structured as a series of vignettes that parallels the funeral covenant of The Salvation Army’s Founder William Booth.
“We’d always envisioned various self-contained stories connected loosely by an overarching story revolving around William Booth, and that’s how it turned [out],” Larsson said. “General Booth knows his health is failing, and is worried about the future of the Army. Will it survive beyond him? His solution is the mysterious ‘covenant’ we see him working on throughout the show. The contents of that covenant are revealed at the end, and our hope is that the audience will immediately recognize the connection between that very real historical document and the true stories they have just witnessed on stage.”
Choosing the stories for the musical was a collaborative effort. 
[Banks] is a treasure trove of Army stories, so some originated from him,” Larsson said. “We also spent a lot of time reading online editions of as many Army periodicals as we could find, looking for those more modern stories. As friends and family learned about the project, they told us about things they’d read and heard, and our territorial commander also wrote out to every territory asking for stories. That process gave us plenty of material, but our criteria was strict: the stories had to be fairly obscure and they had to connect to our theme.”
Kevin Larsson and Banks built the music and lyrics upon the message of each story featured in the vignettes. 
“People like to shuffle their music these days, and this is in some ways a ‘shuffle musical,’” he said. “It jumps through time and place, switching tone, mood and style, but underneath it all is this powerful, unifying concept of ‘covenant.’”  
For Banks and the Larssons, the ultimate hope is that the audience grasps the evangelical message of the musical.
“Each vignette has a message. In some the message is about commitment to Christ; in others it is about loyalty to Christ in difficult circumstances,” Banks said. “Our hope is that all who see the musical will catch the spirit of that covenant and then make their own covenant, joining enthusiastically and sincerely as one to create a shared covenant that will impact the world for Christ.”
Source: article in New Frontier Publications (USA Western Territory) by Vivian Gatica
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