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Cowboy Christmas Eve at Frontier Town

December 24, 2021



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If it’s your first visit, a special “Howdy” to you! You are among friends: relax and enjoy our casual cowboy setting.  Grab a Bible, light a candle, and prepare for the Christmas Eve message. We trust today’s service will encourage you in your relationship with God.

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God bless you,
The Church at the Chip family

Joy to the World


Joy to the world! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare him room
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing

Joy to the world! The Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness
And wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders, wonders of his love

O Come, All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold him, born the King of angels

   O come, let us adore him
   O come, let us adore him
   O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above
"Glory to God, all glory in the highest"

   O come, let us adore him
   O come, let us adore him
   O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Yea, Lord we greet Thee, born this happy morning
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv'n
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

   O come, let us adore him
   O come, let us adore him
   O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark, the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With th'angelic host proclaim
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark, the hearld angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ, the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come
Offspring of a virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see
Hail, th'incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark, the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings
Ris'n with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give us second birth
Hark, the hearald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Prayer and Welcome

Christmas for Cowboys


Tall in the saddle we spend Christmas day
Drivin' the cattle on the snow-covered plains
All of the good gifts given today
Ours is the sky and the wide open range

Back in the cities, they have different ways
Football and eggnog and Christmas parades
I'll take the saddle; I'll take the reins
Christmas for Cowboys and wide open plains

A campfire for warmth as we stop for the night
The stars overhead are the Christmas tree lights
The wind sings a hymn as we bow down to pray
Christmas for Cowboys and the wide open plains

It's tall in the saddle we spend Christmas Day
Drivin' the cattle on the snow-covered plains
So many gifts have been opened today
Ours is the sky and the wide open range
It's Christmas for Cowboys and wide open plains

The Christmas Story

The World Waits

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

The people who walked in darkness
   have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
   on them has light shone.
For to us a child is born,
   to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
   and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
   there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
   to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
   from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

   Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
   Shall come to you, O Israel!

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight

   Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

   Shall come to you, O Israel!


O, come, Desire of nations, bind

All peoples in one hert and mind

Bid Thou our sad divisions cease

And be Thyself our King of Peace


   Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

   Shall come to you, O Israel!


Light of the World (Sing Hallelujah)

Light of the World, Treasure of Heaven 
Brilliant like the stars in the wintery sky
Joy of the Father, reach through the darkness
Shine across the earth send the shadows to flight

Light of the World, from the beginning
The tragedies of time were no match for your love
From great heights of glory, you saw my story
God, you entered in and became one of us

   Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah
   Sing hallelujah for the things he has done
   Come and adore him, bow down before him
   Sing hallelujah to the Light of the World

Light of the World, crown in a manger
Born for the cross to suffer, to save
High King of Heaven, death is the poorer
We are the richer by the price that he paid


Light of the World soon will be coming
With fire in his eyes he will ransom his own
Through clouds he will lead us straight into glory
And there he shall reign forevermore, forevermore


The Announcement to Mary

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named
Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of
David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said,
"Greetings, O
favored one, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at
the saying, and
tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel
said to her, "Do
not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold,
you will conceive
in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He
will be great and
will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to
him the throne
of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and
of his kingdom
there will be no end."

And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?"

And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the
Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy- the Son
of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this
is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God."
And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word. 
And the angel departed from her.

What Child is This?

What Child is this, who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping
Whom angels great with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping

   This, this is Christ the King
   Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
   Haste, haste to bring him laud
   The Babe, the Son of Mary

Why lies he in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
The silent word is pleading

   Nails, spear shall pierce him through
   The cross be borne for me, for you
   Hail, hail the Word made flesh
   The Babe, the Son of Mary

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh
Come, peasant, king, to own him
The King of kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone him

   Raise, raise the song on high
   The virgin sings her lullaby
   Joy, joy for Christ is born
   The Babe, the Son of Mary

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung
Of Jesse's lineage coming
As men of old have sung
It came, a flow'ret bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half spent was the night

Isaiah 'twas foretold it
The Rose I have in mind
With Mary we behold it
The virgin mother kind
To show God's love aright
She bore to us a Savior
When half spent was the night

The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:1-7

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should
be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of
Syria. And all went to be registered, each to the own town. And Joseph also went
up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which 
is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be
registered with Mary, his bethrothed, who was with child. And while they were there,
the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped
him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them
in the inn.

Infant Holy/Away in a Manger

Infant holy, Infant lowly, for his bed a cattle stall
Oxen lowing, little knowing, Christ the Babe is Lord of all
Swift are winging angels singing, noels ringing, tidings bringing
Christ the Babe is Lord of all

 Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
 The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head
 The stars in the sky looked down where he lay
 The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay

Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new
Saw the glory, heard the story, tididngs of a Gospel true
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow
Christ the Babe was born for you

   Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
  Close by me forever, and love me I pray
  Bless all the dear children in thy tender care
  And fit us for heaven to live with thee there

Unto Us

Crown him the Son of righteousness 
Crown him the King above all kings
Let the nations declare he is Lord
Sing Emmanuel the Savior is born

   He shall be called
   Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting One
   Jesus the Savior, Peace to earth has come
   We worship and adore him, the Lord

Jesus the Son of God he reigns
Forever his kingdom will not fail
God Almighty, in justice he comes
Sing Emmanuel, great is his love


Unto us his love has come
Unto us Christ is born
Now to him be the glory and all the praise 
Now to him be the glory and all the praise (2x)

The Angels Sing to Shepherds

Luke 2:8-14

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over
their flock by night.

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around
them, and they were filled with great fear.

And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in
swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God
and saying, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he
is pleased!"

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

   Gloria in excelsis Deo
   Gloria in excelsis Deo

Shepherds, why this jubilee
Why your joyful strains prolong
Say what may the tidings be
Which inspire your heav'nly song

   Gloria in excelsis Deo
   Gloria in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King

   Gloria in excelsis Deo
   Gloria in excelsis Deo

Angels from the Realms of Glory

Angels from the realms of glory
Wing your flight o'er all the earth
Ye who sang creation's story
Now proclaim Messiah's birth

 Come and worship, come and worship
 Worship Christ, the newborn King

Shepherds in the fields abiding
Watching o'er your flocks by night
God with man is now residing
Yonder shines the infant light


Sages leave your contemplations
Brighter visions beam afar
Seek the great Desire of nations
You have seen his natal star


All creation join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son
Evermore your voices raising
To th'Eternal Three in one


The Shepherds Visit Jesus

Luke 2:15-20

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said
to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has
happened, which the Lord has made known to us."

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying
in a manger.

And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them
concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds
told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard

and seen, as it had been told them.

O Holy Night

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, oh, hear the angel voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by his cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here came the wise men from Orient land
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend
He knows our need, to our weaknesses is no stranger
Behold your King, before him lowly bend (2x)

Truly he taught us to love one another
His law is love, and his gospel is peace
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother
And in his name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise his holy name
Christ is the Lord, O, praise his name forever
His power and glory evermore proclaim (2x)

Go Tell it on the Mountain

   Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere
   Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born

While shepherds kept their watching o'er silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens there shone a Holy Light



The shepherds feared and trembled when lo! Above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus that hailed our Savior's birth

Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born

And brought us God's salvation that blessed Christmas morn!




The Christmas Message


Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This
man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher 
come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him."

Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see
the kingdom of God..."

Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?"

Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand
these things?...If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you
believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who
descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may
have eternal life.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him
should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world
to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

Silent Night

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child!
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories streams from heaven afar
Heavenly host sing: "Alleluia"

Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Closing Prayer and Dismissal