What a week to live in Aurora, CO

Stunned, was the first sensation that I experienced Friday morning when I heard the news of the Theatre shootings that happened just six miles north of our house. It’s still hard to believe something like that could happen in our neighborhood.

Our community has been nothing short of chaotic, these past few days. There is a swirl of rumors, events and a genuine media circus intertwined with intense sadness and grief. The roller coaster of emotion is disorienting… the stories about the shooter are so dark and disturbing; the heroic stories about the police and common citizens are inspiring; the stories about the victims are heart wrenching.

The past few days have been filled with unprecedented opportunity for ministry. As we have worked on launching Mosaic Church, Blaine and I have intentionally challenged ourselves to be “pastors to Aurora”. Especially this week, that seems a bit overwhelming. But, it has been amazing to see how God has provided unbelievable platforms and opportunities… what an honor it is to represent the God of hope in a time like this.

Throughout this unbelievable week, I have found myself identifying with the Apostle Paul when he wrote “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart… we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all‑surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4)


It was a privilege to sit with Mayor Hogan at the Prayer Vigil


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2 Responses to What a week to live in Aurora, CO

  1. Renee Yarbrough says:

    I’ve been meaning to write you Reid, but it’s been a crazy week for me as well. I just wanted to let you know how honored I am to know you & to call you a friend and a pastor. I saw something in you on Sunday at the memorial service that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before (please don’t take any offense to this statement), but you were very humble & I was, well, if I might say, very proud of you. Thank you is what I’m trying to say. Blessings on your new ministry. In Him, Renee

  2. Lucretia says:

    Reid, Joe and I got home Sunday evening…turned on CNN, you were opening with prayer at the prayer vigil. We watched the entire program. The scripture that the Lord gave you 2 Cor. 4, I felt gave much hope to the families, community and to all that heard. This is an awesome time (at times it may not seem that way) to be in minisrty and seeing how God is using you and Blaine. Thank you and Cherry Creek again for making the past weekend a pleasent and welcoming experience. Lucretia

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