This is the story about trying to work out our differences that we shared this morning.
TRESPASSES AND DEBTS
The story is told of two congregations that were located only a few blocks from each other in a small community. They thought it might be better if they would merge and become one united, larger, and more effective body rather than two struggling churches. Good idea … but they were not able to pull it off. The problem? They could not agree on how they would recite “The Lord’s Prayer.” One group preferred “forgive us our trespasses,” while the other group demanded “forgive us our debts.”
So, as the local newspaper reported, “One church went back to its trespasses while the other returned to its debts.”
(From a sermon by Bob Joyce, It’s About the Kingdom, 8/4/2011)