Service in Song
On Sunday evenings, we practice either Sung Compline or Taizé, which are two forms of contemplative prayer service in song.
What is Sung Compline?
Compline, also called Prayer at the Close of Day, is the last prayer (or “office”) of the evening observed in liturgical and monastic traditions. Some monastic practices have as many as seven offices a day, from early morning Vigil all the way through to Compline at night. The Anglican tradition observes three offices, which are recorded in the Book of Common Prayer: Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer, and Compline.
Our Compline on Sunday evenings is a candlelit service, led by the chanted prayer of a small ensemble. There’s time for private prayer and an opportunity to light beeswax tapers beside icons near the front of the church. Often it ends with a postlude from the organ. No expectations, just a moment of quiet beauty.
What is Taizé?
On the first Sunday evening of the month, we practice Taizé (TEH-zay) prayer instead of Compline.
This is a time of song, scripture and prayer, following the music of the French Taizé Community. Taizé worship is Christian, but it’s not affiliated with any denomination. Come as you are, and be restored.