Compline (Evening Prayer)

Compline is a service of quietness and reflection at the close of the day. Pastor Summers leads a Compline service lasting about 30 minutes most Wednesday evenings at 8:45pm (currently on Zoom). Email Joe Summers at

A Service of Evening Prayer (based on Night Prayer in A New Zealand Prayer Book)

The angels of God guard us through the night,

and quiet the powers of darkness.

The Spirit of God be our guide

To lead us to peace and to glory.

It is but lost labor that we haste to rise up early,

And so late take rest, and eat the bread of anxiety.

For those beloved of God are given gifts even while they sleep.


My brothers and sisters,

our help is in the name of the eternal God,

who is making the heavens and the earth.

Dear God,

thank you for all that is good,

for our creation and our humanity,

for the stewardship you have given us of this planet earth,

for the gifts of life and of one another,

for your love which is unbounded and eternal.

O thou, most holy and beloved,

my Companion, my Guide upon the way,

my bright evening star.

We repent the wrongs we have done.


We have wounded your love,

O God, heal us.

We stumble in the darkness.

Light of the world, transfigure us.

We forget that we are your home.

Spirit of God, dwell in us.

Eternal Spirit, living God,

in whom we live and move and have our being,

all that we are, have been, and shall be is known to you,

to the very secret of our hearts

and all that rises to trouble us.

Living flame, burn into us,

cleansing wind, blow through us,

fountain of water, well up within us,

that we may love and praise in deed and in truth.



Into your hands, O God, I commend my spirit,

for you have redeemed me, O God of truth and love.

Keep me, O God, as the apple of your eye;

Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Our Father and Mother in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and forever. Amen.

Let us also say:

Eternal Spirit,

Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,

Source of all that is and that shall be,

Father and Mother of us all,

Loving God, in whom is heaven;

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!

The way of your justice be followed by the peoples

of the world!

Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!

Your commonwealth of peace and freedom

sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.

In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.

In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.

From trials too great to endure, spare us.

From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,

now and forever. Amen.

Individual petitions may be added here.

I will lie down in peace and take my rest,

for it is in God alone that I dwell unafraid.

Let us bless the Earth-maker, the Pain-bearer, the Life-giver,

let us praise and exalt God above all forever.

May God’s name be praised beyond the furthest star,

glorified and exalted above all forever.

A General Thanksgiving

God our Creator, our center, our friend,

we thank you for our good life,

for those who are dear to us,

for our dead, and for all who have helped and influenced us.

We thank you for the measure of freedom we have,

and the extent to which we control our lives;

and most of all we thank you for the faith that is in us,

for our awareness of you and our hope in you.

Keep us, we pray you, thankful and hopeful

and useful until our lives shall end.


Individual thanksgivings may be added here.


It is night.

The night is for stillness.

Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.

What has been done has been done;

what has not been done has not been done;

let it be.

The night is dark.

Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our lives

rest in you.

The night is quiet.

Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,

all dear to us,

and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.

Let us look expectantly to a new day,

new joys,

new possibilities.

In your name we pray.