Sunday 21st October: 1800.
Choral Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer, sung by the church choir and singers from other local churches, takes place in St John’s Tisbury on the third Sunday in the month (except August and December) at 6pm.
The next service will be on Sunday 21st October at 6pm and will be led by the Vicar, the Revd Juliette Hulme. The canticles will be sung to the setting in D by Herbert Brewer and the anthem is Grayston Ives’ setting of William Cowper’s text ‘O for a closer walk with God’. Hymns include ‘How shall I sing that majesty’ to the tune ‘Coe Fen’.
The closing voluntary is the Fugue in G minor by Marcel Dupre.
The anthem in our service on Sunday 17th June featured a text thought to have been written by King Henry 8th; the anthem O Lorde the Maker of al thing set to music by the South African composer John Joubert.
Read the sermon written and delivered by the Revd Michael Goater which referred to much of the text – that of an evening prayer:
O Lorde, the maker of al thinge
We pray Thee now in this evening
Us to defende, through Thy mercy,
From al deceite of our en’my.
Let neither us deluded be,
Good Lorde, with dreame or phantasy,
Our hearte wakyng in Thee Thou kepe,
That we in sinne fal not on slepe.
O Father, throughe Thy blessed Sonne,
Grant us this our peticion,
To whom with the Holy Ghost alwaies,
In heav’n and yearth be laude and praise.
We look forward to seeing you for what is an increasingly popular service, perhaps because of the cadences of its traditional language and its timelessness, combined with good quality speech and music – and coming as it does at the end of the day.
It’s true; more people are attending our Choral Evensong services too, though not in their thousands – as yet. Do come; you will be very welcome.