Because our principal worship services at St. Philip’s are in the morning, it occurred to me that we sometimes miss out on the richer aspects of Evening worship. Whether a simple Evening Prayer or Compline office or a service of Choral Evensong, there is much wealth to be mined here for the faithful Christian. With that in mind, I invite you to print out and meditate on the words of this familiar hymn . . . particularly as day begins to give way to evening . . .
- Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
- Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
- I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
- Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
“Abide with Me” by Henry F. Lyte, 1847