Compline Service Moves to 9 p.m.
June 11 | July 9 | August 13
2nd Sunday of the month, Sanctuary
reflective | spacious | peaceful
stillness, chanting, candle lighting
This ancient worship for the modern soul offers time for personal meditation and reflection. During the thirty-five minutes of compline, no words are spoken; worshipers bathe in beautiful, timeless music, sung by First-Plymouth's angelic Schola cantorum, which breathes new life into the heart of this fourth century liturgy of evening prayer. All are welcome.
Compline, First-Plymouth’s monthly offering of “ancient worship for the modern soul”, will begin at 9 p.m., rather then 7 p.m., during June, July and August. “With the longer daylight days in summer, this new summer worship time will allow us a time of reflection to end our day and a time to pray for God’s protection within the darkness of night,” said Minister of Music, Tom Trenney.
Compline is the most unique evening worship (and the most timeless liturgy) which First-Plymouth offers to the congregation and community. Compline is held the second Sunday evening in First-Plymouth’s candlelit sanctuary. No words are spoken; with lights dimmed and candles flickering, the calming ancient chants, angelically sung by the Schola Cantorum, open a doorway into the realm of spirit. The only thing a person attending “does” is light a candle, and it is utterly captivating.
“Since the fourth century, Compline has provided worshipers a timeless opportunity to share in our final prayers before bedtime—prayers for God’s grace upon our sleeping and upon our rising the following morning. Worshiping in this special way, as we approach the sunset of a summer’s evening, will make a beautiful and peaceful change for our worshipers as they approach the week ahead,” Trenney said.
All are invited to simply walk into this mystical service, sit quietly and allow an experience of deep inner peace. Summer Compline services are scheduled for June 11, July 9 and August 13, at 9 p.m. in the main sanctuary. In September the worship will return to its 7:00 p.m. time.