If early communion is a timeless way to start the Sabbath day, traditional evensong or sung communion is a tranquil way to end it. In the evening at 6.00pm the services are from the Book of Common Prayer. This is Anglicanism at its most protestant, most of the words of the liturgy are drawn directly from scripture.
The choir guides us in worship, with psalms and hymns that are well loved and deeply spiritual, and with choral settings of the canticles and anthems that can be intricate and awe-inspiring. Our worship often concludes with an organ voluntary.
In these services we try to push out the boundaries a little, both in the music that the choir sings and in the subjects that are preached on. Sometimes we stay on to discuss what has been said over a glass of wine. These are services that truly ‘lighten our darkness’ as the ancient collect prays.
Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Service styles include:
Choral Evensong with settings of the canticles sung by the choir
Holy Communion sung setting of Order Two with traditional language
See "The Next Four Weeks" for more details