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 . . .

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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