When we prayed the Lord’s Prayer in the Presbyterian church where I grew up, we said: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” It was hard not to think of that in anything other than financial terms.
Later, in the Lutheran church, I heard: “Forgive us our trespasses as those we forgive those who trespass against us.” A fence with a “No Trespassing Sign” comes to mind.
The Lord’s Prayer is the focus of the Gospel reading this Sunday (July 28) You can find it here. The prayer in Luke is a little different than the one we pray in worship.
Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the hymnal/worship book used at Faith, offers a choice between the 1928 Anglican version and a 1988 ecumenical version. Faith’s tradition is to use the older version.
This Wikipedia link gives a pretty good overview of the different versions.
So which version is your favorite? Why? Does it make any difference?
— Pastor Mark Rollenhagen