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December 22, 2016 Merry Christmas!

For all of the nostalgia around Christmas for Christians, the story is really quite plain.  Sure there were angels that appeared to some shepherds in a nearby field - they sang and then were gone!  As for the birth of the King of Kings - a shepherds cave for a birthing space.  Jesus 'cradle' was most likely a stony hollowed out feeding trough for animals.  The Hebrew atmosphere of Jesus world at the time of his birth was very humble.  A song that I love about Mary and Jesus birth is a song by Pierce Pettis called, Miriam.  There is a great video on youtube called The Nativity, Pierce Pettis, Miriam.  One line in the song says, "No banners were unfurled, when God stepped into the world."  Ain't that the truth.    

The story of Jesus birth is a tale of two Kings: Herod 'the Great' and Jesus.  They couldn't be more different.  Herod was called the 'King of the Jews' and ruled the region ruthlessly and with fearful power.  How unlike the rule that Jesus would bring.  How ironic that Herod had many palaces and fortresses and yet  Joseph and Mary couldn't even find room at the local Inn of Bethlehem.  How ironic that Jesus is born in the shadow of Herod's man-made mountain fortress called the Herodian.  So different from a shepherds cave in the fields.  So close yet living world's apart.  

Christmas is a story of something new coming into the world.  A new Kingdom is coming into being.  And there is a new King in town.  How ironic that in a few short years Herod is buried near the place that Jesus is born.  What's left of Herod's greatness can be seen yet today in its ruins.  Yet the Kingdom of God continues to grow.  

See you on Christmas Eve for Worship of the newborn King: 4:30pm.  Be on time for this one as we will retell and relive the Christmas Story together.  

Peace and Good Will to you in the name of Jesus, the newborn King!

Pastor Mark


Christmas Eve Service 4:30 pm   Everyone Welcome!

Special Announcements
Grandmother who just got custody of 3 grandkids needs help with Christmas gifts. Peter will have a card on Sunday with ideas or donations accepted after church. Call Peter at 720 470 4055 or email Thanks.

Homeless person's memorial is this Friday 12/23, 10AM, at the Bandshell. Hosted by Bridge House. 
Message Schedule for Fall, 2016 
12/24        Christmas Eve: A Bloodline of Grace: Mary                   Luke 2, Matthew 1
12/25        Merry Christmas!  A Savior is Born!  (No worship service - family time!)

1/1            Guest Speaker Roger Tinklenberg: New Year's Hope  Josh. 5, Ps. 146, 2 Pet. 3

Download Schedule for Fall, 2016
Digging Deeper
12/25         Merry Christmas!  A Savior is Born!  (No download - family time!)
1/1             Message Reflection       Roger Tinklenberg

Winter Break! Classes will resume on 1/8/17. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Teen Christmas Party, hosted by the Sheeres, was awesome!

Save The Date   
Fri,   12/23     Homeless person's memorial 10AM, at the Bandshell
Sat,  12/24     Christmas Eve Service, 4:30 pm
Sun, 12/25     Merry Christmas! No Christmas morning service
Sat,  1/14       Winter Trails Snow Shoeing at Rocky Mountain National Park!

Wed, 1/25       Hosting Winter Bike to Work Day

Bookcase Needed For Church Library
If you have a bookcase that is light to medium oak color measuring approximately 32"x48"x12", and you would like to find it a good home, please get in touch with Barb Tinklenberg.

Crestview events can also be viewed on the church Calendar

We are a community of faith glorifying God, becoming like Christ, and building God's Kingdom. Because of God’s incredible love for us, we love one another deeply and share the hope we have in Jesus. By the Power of the Holy Spirit, we do this through: * Life-giving worship * Teaching God’s Word * Caring for one another * Serving our neighbors * Engaging our community * Sharing our resources.

We look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!
Crestview Church
3665 Madison Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 444-5780
Sunday Service at 9:30 a.m.


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