Compline April 6,7, 8

Zoom into our live stream services this Holy Week


A service of Compline (night prayer) led by Michael Jackson on Monday, Mary Warner on Tuesday and Janet Jackson on Wednesday, will be broadcast live on an internet app called Zoom.

To join in, please email Rev'd David Goodall at Trinity Methodist Church, and he will send you a code to join in the Zoom meetings:

We look forward to seeing you at the service!




Please join in the words in bold

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.


Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Who made heaven and earth.


A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow


Most merciful God

we confess to you, before the whole company of heaven

and one another, that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins, heal us by your Spirit,

And raise us to new life in Christ.



A priest may say

May the almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen


Oh God, make speed to save us.

Oh Lord, make haste to help us.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now and shall be for ever. Amen.


One of the following Psalms will be said
The Leader will say the odd numbered verses, and all say the even numbered verses

Psalm 4

  1. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; you set me at liberty when I was in trouble; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
  2. How long will you nobles dishonour my glory;
    how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?
  3. But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness; when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
  4. Stand in awe, and sin not;
    commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
  5. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness
    and put your trust in the Lord.
  6. There are many that say, ‘Who will show us any good?’
    Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.
  7. You have put gladness in my heart,
    more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.
  8. In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 91

  1. Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
  2. Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold,
    my God, in whom I put my trust.’
  3. For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
  4. He shall cover you with his wings
    and you shall be safe under his feathers;
    his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.
  5. You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,
    nor of the arrow that flies by day;
  6. Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.
  7. Though a thousand fall at your side
    and ten thousand at your right hand,
    yet it shall not come near you.
  8. Your eyes have only to behold
    to see the reward of the wicked.
  9. Because you have made the Lord your refuge
    and the Most High your stronghold,
  10. There shall no evil happen to you,
    neither shall any plague come near your tent.
  11. For he shall give his angels charge over you,
    to keep you in all your ways.

Psalm 134

  1. Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
    you that by night stand in the house of the Lord.
  2. Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary
    and bless the Lord.
  3. The Lord who made heaven and earth
    give you blessing out of Zion.

At the end of the Psalm, all say together

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Scripture reading

You, O Lord, are in the midst of us and we are called by your name; leave us not, O Lord our God.
Jeremiah 14.9


Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
Matthew 11:28-30


Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13: 20-21


Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in the faith.
1 Peter 5.8, 9


The servants of the Lamb shall see the face of God, whose name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night: they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.
Revelation 22.4, 5

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Keep me as the apple of an eye.
Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

Nunc Dimittis
(the song of Simeon in the temple when he sees the infant Jesus)

Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep may rest in peace.

  1. Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
    your word has been fulfilled.
  2. My own eyes have seen the salvation
    which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
  3. A light to reveal you to the nations
    and the glory of your people Israel.
                                                                                     Luke 2.29-32

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen

Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

One or more of the following prayers may be said

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray, and drive far from it the snares of the enemy; may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace, and may your blessing be always upon us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lighten our darkness, Lord, we pray, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, for the love of your only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest upon your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, sustain the dying, calm the suffering, and pity the distressed; all for your love’s sake, O Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who at this evening hour lay in the tomb and so hallowed the grave to be a bed of hope for all who put their trust in you: give us such sorrow for our sins, which were the cause of your passion, that when our bodies lie in the dust, our souls may live with you for ever. Amen.

Concluding with

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
so do we look for you, O Christ.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us; the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace. Amen.


© The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005 The Bible readings are from The New Revised Standard Version Anglicised Edition, copyright 1989, 1995 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.