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Zion United Church of Christ 

Worship Resources for the Third Sunday After Epiphany, January 23, 2022 

John 6:1-16 


Centering for Worship 

In the beginning  Was the Word. 

And the Word was with God, And the Word was God. 

In the Word was life, And that life was the light for all people. 

The light shines in the darkness And the darkness did not overcome it. 

In the beginning Was the Word. 

And the Word was with God, And the Word was God. 

The Word became flesh And moved into our neighborhood. 

We have seen him, The one full of grace and truth. 

He has shown us exactly — Exactly what God is like. 


Gathering Hymn: Break Thou the Bread of Life        (click here for music) 

Break thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me, as thou didst break the loaves beside the sea; 

Beyond the sacred page, I seek thee, Lord, my spirit pants for thee O living Word. 


Bless thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me, as thou didst bless the bread by Galilee; 

Then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall, and I shall find my peace, my all in all. 


O send thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me; touch thou my longing eyes that I may see; 

Give me to eat and live with thee above; teach me to love thy truth, for thou art love. 


Gathering Prayer (in unison)  

Blessed are you, O God, Creator of the Universe, who brings order out of chaos,  

light out of darkness, abundance out of want. We give you thanks for all your good gifts. We give thanks that we are empowered by your spirit to cooperate with you  

in the unfolding of your good creation. We know we are called in the world to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, as we seek to follow the path showed to us by Jesus. 


Pastoral Prayer 


Lord’s Prayer (in unison)  

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.   



Closing Hymn: Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ    (click here for music) 

Let us talents and tongues employ, reaching out with a shout of joy; 

Bread is broken and passed aroundChrist is spoken and seen and found. 

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again, pass the Word around; loaves abound! 


Christ is able to make us one, in his presence he sets the tone, 

Teaching people to live to bless, love in word and in deed express.  

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again, pass the Word around; loaves abound! 


Jesus call us in, sends us out bearing fruit in a world of doubt, 

Gives us love to tell, bread to share; God – Immanuel – everywhere! 

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again, pass the Word around; loaves abound! 


Centering for Worship by Rev. Beth Gedert from the Gospel of John, Chapter 1 

Opening prayer by Rev. Bertie Dell 

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Liturgist: Jan Anible 



Our Open and Affirming Covenant 

As the people of God who gather at Zion United Church of Christ,  

we make a solemn covenant with one another:   

We will extravagantly welcome everyone who enters here.  

We welcome every race. We welcome every gender. We welcome every age.  

We welcome every expression of faith. We welcome every marital status.  

We welcome every sexual orientation.  

 We welcome every political party. We welcome every type of body.  

We will not be divided by social issues.  

We will not judge as the world does: by health, wealth, or skills. 

We will not allow our past to define our future. We will transcend all labels. 

We will always seek to affirm one another with loving hearts and open minds. 

We will follow in the way of Christ Jesus, loving and being loved by both God and neighbor, 

with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.  We will love one another for exactly who we are.  

We promise that whoever we are and wherever we are on life’s journey, 

we will extravagantly welcome everyone who enters here. 



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