Faith Weekly: ‘Teach us to pray’

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