Compline is the day’s last word.  Let it be a word of prayer and praise in which we experience God’s peace.

An Order for Compline

The Officiant begins
The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.

Officiant    Our help is in the Name of the Lord;
People       The maker of heaven and earth.

Officiant    Let us confess our sins to God.
(Take a time of silence here, and scroll back through your day in your mind.  When did you not quite show up as your best self?  When did you become aware that you are wrapped up in a system that works for the good of some but not for others?)

Officiant and People
Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone.For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen. 

May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Officiant then says   O God, make speed to save us.
People    O Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant and PeopleGlory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.  Alleluia.

Psalm 4 Cum invocarem

1    Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2    “You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols
and run after false gods?”

3    Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; *
when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.

4    Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

5    Offer the appointed sacrifices *
and put your trust in the LORD.

6    Many are saying,
”Oh, that we might see better times!” *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.

7    You have put gladness in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

8    I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

A reading from Matthew 16:13-20

When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
People    Thanks be to God.

Take a moment of silence here to reflect on the passage.
Who do you say the Son of Man, Jesus, is?
If Jesus is who you say he is, how do you go about sharing Christ with others?
In this passage, Jesus gives Peter “keys” to bind and to loose.  Later in Matthew 18, Jesus gives the same “keys”, the same power to bind and to loose to the church.  How do you and your faith community go about this work of accountability, liberation and reconciliation?

V.   Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;
R.    For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.
V.    Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;
R.    Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The Lord’s Prayer
Officiant    Lord, hear our prayer;
People       And let our cry come to you. 

Officiant    Let us pray.

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Prayers and Thanksgivings
For what shall we give God thanks today?
For whom shall we pray?
I ask your prayers for all who are in the path of the storm, especially for our brothers and sisters along the coast in the Diocese of West Texas.
For first responders and all who await their help.
For our communities, that neighbor might reach out to neighbor with courage and love.

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

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

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

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

Officiant    Let us bless the Lord.
People       Thanks be to God.

The Officiant concludes

The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.