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Cowboy Christmas Eve at Church at the Chip

December 24, 2022



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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

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 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!"

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!

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 Thee, 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 Thee, O Israel!


O, come, Desire of nations, bind

All peoples in one heart and mind

Bid Thou our sad divisions cease

And be Thyself our King of Peace


   Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

   Shall come to Thee, 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
Oh, 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

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 his 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

Mary Did You Know

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would someday walk on water
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would save our sons and daughters
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new
This child that you've delivered will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Will give sight to a blind man
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would calm the sea with his hand
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod
When you've kissed your little baby
Then you've kissed the face of God

   The blind will see, the deaf will hear
   The dead will live again
   The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
   The praises of the Lamb

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Will one day rule the nations
Did you know that your baby boy was heaven's perfect Lamb
This sleeping child you're holding is the great "I Am"

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 our 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)

   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

Matthew 1:18-25

Pastor Steve Gilbertson

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been
bethrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from
the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to
shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a 
dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that 
which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call
his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel"
(which means, God with us).

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took
his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Candle Lighting Ceremony

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