1 The day you gave us, Lord, has ended;
the darkness falls at your behest.
To you our morning hymns ascended;
your praise shall sanctify our rest.
2 We thank you that your church unsleeping
while earth rolls onwards into light,
through all the world her watch is keeping,
and never rests by day or night.
3 As over continent and island
each dawn leads on another day,
the voice of prayer is never silent,
nor do the praises die away.
4 So be it, Lord: your throne shall never,
like earth's proud kingdoms, pass away.
Your kingdom stands and grows forever,
until there dawns your glorious day.
The beautiful contrast in this song is that while our day is ending and we soon rest in sleep, the church of Christ continues through each time zone, with no stopping for rest. And so the voice of prayer and praise continues. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 21, Question and Answer 54 teaches that the holy catholic church is found among the entire human race, “dispersed throughout the entire world” (Belgic Confession, Article 27).