Christmas Program from Luke 2

Here is the Christmas Program we are doing today at our church. It has scripture and song.  I/ve left the chords in for all you musicians.  And click here to download a free .pdf:

  Luke 2

Luke 2 Christmas Program

Christ Born of Mary

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into 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 betrothed wife,[a] who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.


Verse 1

D                      Em

O little town of Bethlehem

D                A7          D

How still we see thee lie

D              B7           Em

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

D             A7        D

The silent stars go by

               Bm              F#

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

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The everlasting Light

      D                         Em

The hopes and fears of all the years

      D        A7       D

Are met in thee tonight


Verse 2

For Christ is born of Mary

And gathered all above

While mortals sleep the angels keep

Their watch of wondering love

O morning stars together

Proclaim the holy birth

And praises sing to God the King

And peace to men on earth



D                                      G             D

Away  in  a  manger,  No  crib  for  a  bed,


G              D               Em                      A

The  little  Lord  Jesus,  Lay  down  his  sweet  head.


D                                             G                      D

The stars in the bright  sky, Looked down  where  he  lay


G                D            A7               D

The little  Lord  Jesus,  Asleep  on  the  hay.



The cattle a-lowing, The baby awakes;

But little Lord Jesus, No crying he makes.

I love thee, Lord Jesus, Look down from the sky,

And stay by my bedside, ‘Til morning is Nigh.


Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay,

Close by me for ever, And love me I pray.

Bless all the dear children, In thy tender care,

And fit us for heaven, To live with thee there.





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The First Noel, the Angels did say

               G                D                  G  D/F#  Em    D

was to certain poor shepherds in fields as      they  lay


     D                A                G                  D

In fields where they may keeping their sheep

           G                 D                      G  D/F#  Em  D

On a cold winter’s night t

hat was            so  deep


  Bm    D     G     D

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel

G                D          G  D/F#  Em  D

Born is the King of  Is –         ra –   el!



         Em      D            BmWhat Child is this who, laid to rest   Em        C      BOn Mary’s lap is sleeping?         Em        G                D       BmWhom Angels greet with anthems sweet,             Em        Bm        EmWhile shepherds watch are keeping? CHORUSG                  D          BmThis, this is Christ the King,             Em          C            BWhom shepherds guard and Angels sing;G                     D              BmHaste, haste, to bring Him laud,      Em           B      EmThe Babe, the Son of Mary.      Em            G           D          BmSo bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,            Em       C         BCome peasant, king to own Him;        Em      G          D         BmThe King of kings salvation brings,      Em                  Bm     EmLet loving hearts enthrone Him. (Repeat Chorus)


Glory in the Highest

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold,[b] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”




  C                       F                  CWhile shepherds watched their flocks by night, C            Dm    GAll seated on the ground, G     C7 Dm  G   CThe angel of the Lord came down, C     F                CAnd glory shone around, Dm  C     G      CAnd glory shone around.  VERSE 2:   C                   F          C“Fear not,” said he (for mighty dread       C               Dm        Ghad seized their troubled mind);G           C7 Dm         G      C“Glad tidings of great joy I bringC                F          CTo you and all mankind,Dm  C            G      CTo you and all mankind.” 



D                           A7       D

Angels we have heard on high

D                         A7       D

Sweetly singing o’er the plains

D(Bm)                    A7    D

And the mountains in reply

D                      A7     D

Echoing their  joyous strains.


D  B7  Em  A7  D  G  A


D  A D  G   D   A

in excelsis De–o,


D  B7  Em  A7  D  G  A


D  A D  G   D A7 D

in excelsis De—o.



D                                      A        D   G    D   A       D

Hark! The Herald angels sing glory to the newborn king

D                                Bm7  E7     A                       E7  A

Peace on earth and mercy mild. God and sinners reconciled.

D                   A7         D  A    D                        A7 D  A

Joyful all ye nations rise,      join the triumph of the skies,

G              D      Em   B7  Em    A7         D                  A  D

With th’angelic host proclaim,  Christ is born in Bethlehem!

G             D           Em  B7  Em  A7   D              A7    D

Hark! The Herald angels sing,   Glory to the newborn king.



D                             G         DJoy to the world, the Lord is come!       G          A           DLet earth receive her King;    D         Let every heart prepare Him room,    D                 And Heaven and nature sing,    A                 AAnd Heaven and nature sing,       D                   G                D  A   DAnd Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.   D                               G       DJoy to the earth, the Savior reigns!      G               A           DLet men their songs employ;    D           While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains    DRepeat the sounding joy,    A                 ARepeat the sounding joy,    D           G           D    A    DRepeat, repeat, the sounding joy.  D                                G              DHe rules the world with truth and grace,         G            A           DAnd makes the nations prove    D                       The glories of His righteousness,    D                 And wonders of His love,    A                 AAnd wonders of His love,        D           G           D  A   DAnd wonders, wonders, of His love.


15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[d] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.




      D                 A

O come, all ye faithful

D  A     D    G    D   A

Joyful and triumphant

Bm         E         A  D  A   D  A        E   A

O come ye, oh come ye to  Be–thlehem

D          G   D  A7   D

Come and behold Him

A       D   Bm   E   A

Born the King of angels


       D       A   D       A     D

Oh come let us   adore Him

        D      A   D   A7    D   A

Oh come let us adore Him

D/C# A7     D   A  E7  A   D  G

Oh   come let us  adore   Him

D   A          D

Christ the Lord



Bm                      F#7    BmWe three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar.Bm            A           DField and fountain, moor and mountain, Em          Bm F#7  BmFollowing yonder     star.   A A7   D                     G         DOh,    star of wonder, star of night,                          G         DStar with royal beauty bright, Bm          A            G        AWestward leading, still proceeding, D                         G       DGuide us to thy perfect Light.   Bm                    F#7           BmBorn a king on Bethlehem’s plain, Gold I bring to crown Him again, Bm                   A        DKing forever, ceasing never Em       Bm  F#7     BmOver us all    to     reign. A A7   D                      G       DOh,    star of wonder, star of night,                            G      DStar with royal beauty bright, Bm          A            G        AWestward leading, still proceeding, D                         G       DGuide us to thy perfect Light



Intro: Am  E  Am E Am E  Am E



         Am        E        Am       E           F                   E

God rest ye merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay,
       Am          E      Am     E                 F                   E

Remember Christ our Saviour, Was born upon this day;
        F                        C                               Am                   G

To save us all from Satan’s power, When we were gone astray.
      C            G               Am                       G

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
     C             G               Am    E   Am  E

O tidings of comfort and joy!
m           E            Am  E             F                       E

From God our heavenly Father,    This blessed angel came;
        Am   E        Am       E                     F                    E

And unto certain shepherds, Brought tidings of the same;
          F                                  C            Am                    G

How that in Bethlehem was born, The Son of God by name.
     C           G                 Am                      G

O tidings of comfort and joy ,comfort and joy,
     C                 G             Am  E  Am  E

O tidings of comfort and joy!

 G    C                    F         C        C                    F             C
O, star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright,
Am                         G                         C                     F        E

Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light.


ChorusD                                     A                        DGo tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;D                                             A7             DGo tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born.              D                                                A                    DWhile shepherds kept their watching o’er silent flocks by night,                                                          A             A7Behold throughout the heavens there shone a Holy Light. (Repeat Chorus)         D                                                    A                   DThe shepherds feared and trembled when lo! Above the earth,                                               A                         A7Rang out the angel chorus that hailed our Saviour’s birth. (Repeat Chorus)           D                                          A               DDown in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born                                                      A                         A7And brought us God’s salvation that blessed Christmas morn! (Repeat Chorus)

19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.



Em                D2Mary, did you know that your baby boy             Am7                B7Would someday walk on water                     Em                  D2Mary, did you know that your baby boy          Am7                         B7Would save our sons and daughters?            C                   D                     G         D/F#        EmDid you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?        Am                                       B7This child that you’ve delivered will soon deliver you                      Em                   D2Mary, did you know that your baby boy        Am7             B7Will give sight to a blind man?                      Em                D2Mary, did you know that your baby boy          Am7                   B7Would calm the sea with his hand              C                 D                   G                    D/F#   EmDid you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?                     Am          When you’ve kissed your little baby                    B7Then you’ve kissed the face of God        C                         D The blind will see, the deaf will hear        G         G/F#  EmThe dead will live again      C                           DThe lame will leap, the dumb will speak        Am             B7The praises of the Lamb                      Em                 D2Mary, did you know that your baby boy    Am             B7Is Lord of all creation?                     Em                 D2Mary did you know that your baby boy       Am                     B7Will one day rule the nations?             Am                                        B7          Em        This sleeping child you’re holding is the great “I Am”?


C                       F                        CO holy night, the stars are brightly shining; C                                 G           CIt is the night of the dear Savior’s birth. C                                F             C       C7Long lay the world in sin and error pining,             Em                        B        EmTill he appeared and the soul felt its worth.  G                        CA thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,     G                      CFor yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.  Am                EmFall on your knees,     Dm                      AmOh, hear the angel voices!    C G         FO night divine,     C              G             CO night when Christ was born!   G G7       C                 G       CO night, O holy night, O night divine!  Verse 2 Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming, Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land. The King of kings lay thus lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friends. He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!  Verse 3 Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in his name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, With all our hearts we praise His holy name. Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim!

SILENT NIGHT (Bob & Diana)

D                                   A             D          Silent night! Holy night! All is calm all is bright G                        D                        G                                      DRound yon virgin mother and child, Holy infant so tender and mild A                        D Bm    D            A           DSleep in heavenly peace! Sleep in heavenly peace! Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake at the sightGlories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing HallelujahChrist the Saviour is born! Christ the Saviour is born!           Silent night! Holy night! Son of God love’s pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming graceJesus lord at thy birth! Jesus lord at thy birth!


The Power of Influence

Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

The Power of Influence

  • The power of influence lives in your words.

  • We have the ability to build someone up or tear someone down with our words.

  • Our words carry power and may live long beyond the moment that they are said.

  • Other people can either accept or reject our words – regardless if they are true or not.

  • Sometimes people say words over us that we accept as true when they are false.

  • We become what we believe.

  • The words we say over ourselves have the same influence – to build us up, or tear us down.

I have heard it said that the brain takes the shape of what it rests upon. They call this plasticity in psychology.  It means you get to choose what you believe and that choice changes the functioning of your brain and the relationships between you and yourself and you and the world. Remember the story of the Eagle who was caught in the hen house? (Read it here: The Eagle and the Chickens)

I had a recent experience that really opened up my eyes to how our words have influence. Sometimes I go listen to live music at the local coffee shops and stuff. Not only here, but other places too. And this time I just listened – to the words of the singers and watched the crowd’s reaction to their songs.

wordsSome songs were just downright depressing. Can I tell you I used to do that? When I first started playing out I did all my ‘dark’ songs. Ugggh. I can’t believe I did that. I think I just wanted to get it out and get on with it. No wonder the crowd was speechless afterwards. Forgive me for being so selfish.

Other songs that the musicians sang were positive and had the crowd smiling and singing along. And I finally got it. It’s not about our songs – it’s about their song – their story. As songwriters we should help them to remember something and then minister to them right there. Music Ministers bringing health and healing and song – now that’s what I want to sing about. I am not going to leave them sitting in the pain. From now on, I will use my words to minister to them and bring light into their darkness. Enough about my darkness, I don’t live there anymore.  Be the Light.words 2

I am learning a few cover songs to play out and about now. There is something about getting the audience to laugh and sing a long. It’s like I’m not the only one who ever felt that way or did that thing. And I am changing the ‘tone’ of my songs to a positive outcome. Enough whining and crying – no more tears in my beer!

I think it’s time to write a power anthem girls rock song, lol!

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For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 AMP)


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Christmas Carols for the Psychiatrically Challenged

Diana Rasmussen:

I laughed soooo hard! Gotta keep your sense of humor during the holidays!

Originally posted on Broken Believers ♥:


 “A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”

Proverbs 17:22, NLT


- Do You Hear What I Hear?



- We Three Kings Disoriented Are



- I Think I’ll Be Home For Christmas



- Hark The Herald Angels Sing (About Me)



- Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town …or Deck the Halls and Spare No Expense!



- Santa Claus is Coming To Get Me



- You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m Gonna Pout, then MAYBE I’ll tell you why.



- Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell…

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Being Creative Gets Messy

Oh, sweet mornings. My husband is a creative cook. My daughter is a creative cook. 2 cooks in the kitchen last night. Oh my – getting creative sometimes makes an explosion!  Yet, I would not have it any other way. There is something about an Artist making something – you can see the spark. You can feel the energy!

Make the mess today – create something wonderful!

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  1. “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ” ― Pablo Picasso

  2. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ― Maya Angelou

  3. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”― Albert Einstein

  4. “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ― Sophia Loren

  5. “Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.” ― Red Haircrow

  6. Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. ― Ephesians 2:7-10 MSG

  7. “Creativity takes courage. ” ― Henri Matisse

  8. “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ― Walt Disney Company

  9. “The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

  10. “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut




~Copyright 2014 Diana Rasmussen ~

If I could I’d go back
To entertain time
The treasures we’d find
In the moment you’re mine

Seconds stop moving
Our love lingers here
All fear disappears
Hours turn into years

Eternity lives
Inside your arms
Blood sacrifice charms
Under a crown of thorns


How to Have a Peaceful Attitude

Diana Rasmussen:

Awesome post on Peace!

Originally posted on Jubilee Journey:

We create situations that lead us into being nervous, high-strung and upset but we can also create situations that lead to a peaceful attitude. Peace results from a continuous flow from God through us and then back to God. This is the process for our renewal both mentally and physically. It’s impossible to have peace with an accelerated life because the faster we go the less flow there is from God. He’s not going to try to keep up with your pace.  Most people today wouldn’t be comfortable moving at God’s slower pace.

Here are some ideas to help you create a more peaceful attitude:

  • Fill your mind with a peaceful experience from your past then make a planned and deliberate excursion there in your mind. (I listen to music I heard on my journey, especially songs that remind me of when I was in the wilderness – deserts and…

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Pine Cones, Rusty Bells, Broken Snowmen, and One Antler Reindeer

Pine cones, Rusty bells, broken snowmen, and one antler reindeer – what? Oh, the lessons we learn along the way. Let me share a story with you.  This year was the first time in the past 3 years we got a real Christmas tree.  Last year I thought I would be ‘special’ and bought a Holly Bush. It died, and man those thorns are sharp, lol! And the years before I think we used my daughters fiber optic mini tree. At that time we had cats and didn’t want to fight the battle with climbing kitties. So for the last three years we have been using some of the shatterproof plastic ornaments.  This year was different.

We moved and had to get rid of the cats. Sad, but true. Anyway, we got a real tree. So Ms. D took out the real ornaments – the glass ones that had been packed away for 4 years. I can’t believe I found the box!  The other night the kids and I were decorating the tree while Bob made his famous Spaghetti sauce.  I did the lights and pearls – and let the kids put the ornaments on.  We still have 2 High School children at home. As they took out and hung the ornaments I took one of those ‘Mom Moments’ to sit back and watch and listen.  I realize I only have 3 more years until they are out of the house and on their own. So we moms hold onto these times and cherish them in our hearts.

I thought it would be the ‘pretty’ ornaments that they would remember. But no – it was the ones that were ‘less than perfect’ that they remembered and talked about.

The Rusty Bell – from Elementary School when all the kids got to watch “Polar Express” at school. I was working at the kids school that year as we started our family over again that year. Me and the kids out on our own.

The One Legged Snowman and One Antlered Reindeer – That was bought from a gas station for $1.  I couldn’t afford a pricey ornament that year. It was a last minute thing on Dec 24th and I gave it to them at the gas pump – no wrapping required.


The Pine Cone – “Ornaments on a budget” as my son said. But they remember these ones. Through the trials, through the tribulations, lives the memory of love – no matter what the cost.


My life lessons learned that night:


  1. Remember the simple things – they last.

  2. Just because it’s broken doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter.

  3. Cherish the moments. Hold these things in your heart.

“Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.” (Luke 2:19 MSG)