So I’m not quite out the door yet.

After university, one of the reasons I wanted to spend time in a community was that I wanted an awareness of God that lasted beyond Sunday morning. It’s now been three years since that point. I think I wanted to know in my heart that God was, is, and always will be with us- at all time and in all places – with the Greeks and the Romans, even though most did not know it.

There have been several moments at St Martin’s that will stick with me in this journey: walking past the Christ Child sculpture; reading John 4 for an Autumn Lecture Series- Jesus has no bucket and the well is deep, but he is the living water before the woman; in Reading Theology, when Donovan, in Christianity Rediscovered, narrates that God is the lion, not our attempts to be the lion; in the listening group at a Bread for the World, hearing ‘as the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love’.

Perhaps the words at the end of Eucharist will be a good way to frame my week: to go out of these doors in peace, to love and serve the Lord.

Georgie Illingworth