Lament Night Compline Prayers

March 26th, 2020 | April Karli

Opening Prayer

May God grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.

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


Confession allows us a moment to honestly reveal our hopes and pains.
Let us take a moment to reflect on the day and examine our conscience.
We’ll and cry out to God as a community by reading this prayer aloud together.

Almighty God,
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.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.



This is a reading from the Old Testament book of Psalms.
Psalm 91 is a reminder of God’s protection and care.

Psalm 91  

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,

    who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,[a]

will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;

    my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

    and from the deadly pestilence;

he will cover you with his pinions,

    and under his wings you will find refuge;

    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night,

    or the arrow that flies by day,

or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

    or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,

    ten thousand at your right hand,

    but it will not come near you.

You will only look with your eyes

    and see the punishment of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,[b]

    the Most High your dwelling place,

no evil shall befall you,

    no scourge come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you

    to guard you in all your ways.

On their hands they will bear you up,

    so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the adder,

    the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Those who love me, I will deliver;

    I will protect those who know my name.

When they call to me, I will answer them;

    I will be with them in trouble,

    I will rescue them and honor them.

With long life I will satisfy them,

    and show them my salvation.


Let us pray together

Search me out, O God, and know my heart.

Creator God, may every breath we take be for your glory,

may every footstep show you as our way,

that, trusting in your presence in this world,

we may, beyond this life, still be with you

where you are alive and reign

for ever and ever.

Hear the words of Jesus to all who are weary and long for rest:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn
to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30)


Time of Lament

Open time for sharing grief and lament. Type “I have something to share” in the chatbox if you have a lament. We will unmute the mics one at a time so everyone can share.


Closing Prayers

Trusting in the compassion of God to hear our cries and deliver us from our troubles, let us finish our time of lament by praying the Lord’s Prayer together:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.


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


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


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 forever. Amen.


May God bless us,

that in us may be found love and humility,

obedience and thanksgiving,

discipline, gentleness and peace.