The Lord’s Prayer

There are three slightly different versions of the Lord’s Prayer in common use in English-speaking churches: this version with “debts” and “debtors”, the version that reads “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”, and the version that reads “forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us”. Both “debts” and “trespasses” are older, more traditional wordings—and all three versions are trying to express the same idea. In the United Church of Christ, there is no rule about which version should be used, and you can find UCC congregations that use each of the three. We use the debts/debtors version simply because it has been a long-standing tradition in our congregation, something we share with many UCC congregations (and Presbyterian ones, too).

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