The trajectory for believers has always been one of support for each other as we march toward Heaven. 2020 was a pivot year. We were suddenly forced to learn to relate to each other in new ways, as social distancing mandated “stay apart” or “stay away” or “stay alone.” Yet, mankind needs and enjoys relationships. First, we need “dikaiosune”- a right relationship-with our Creator. We were created to worship God and to praise Him regardless of circumstances. In addition, we were created to live in community with others and to support one another in Christ’s name, especially our brothers and sisters in the Lord.
As we are moving into 2021 and hoping for better days, or to at least acquire a sense of normalcy, let us strive to love one another with the self-sacrificing, agape love that our Lord displayed to all. As your Pastor, I am encouraging you to continue to seek a deeper relationship with God and to build relationships within the church and your community. Pray for opportunities to show others that Jesus said, “ I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:16. Yes, we can expect challenges and tests on many fronts, but we must persevere, reminding ourselves as Philippians 4:13 says…we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Yes, believers are heaven bound, where God and loved ones await, but while here we must work to support each other and to make His truth known to the lost. With this as our mutual goal, no events in 2021 can deter us from our Heaven-bound trajectory.
To God Be The Glory,
Pastor Joe Raymond
About Our Pastor
1. Where were you born? I was born in Nassau, Bahamas
2. Describe your family. My family is a pet lover (mainly dogs) and the four boys play soccer.
3. Were you always a Presbyterian? My father was a Baptist preacher, but later in life chose to be a Presbyterian.
4. What is your fondest childhood memory? I remember my dad teaching me how to swim and ride a motorcycle.
5. What did/do you do for a living? My first paying job was picking oranges; it lasted one day. Then I worked for Denny’s restaurant for seven years while I was attending college. Meanwhile, I also tried to sell life insurance and used cars which lasted about four months.
6. What do you like to do with your leisure time? Besides being around my family, I enjoy lifting weights, running, riding a motorcycle, playing soccer, traveling, playing guitar and washing fast car movies.
7. Is there anything left on your bucket list that you wish to do? I would like to eat sea food in every country.
8. Is there something that most people don’t know about you? I am an open-book.
9. What will your tombstone say about you? Well done “HAPPY”, faithful servant.