Area and regional training seminars are planned by Reclaim Resources to present their new worship materials, "Lutheran Hymnal for Church and Home," according to retired Pastor Norman Olsen of Reclaim Resources.
"We encourage churches to delay their decisions on buying new worship materials until all options are examined," he said, acknowledging that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is publishing new materials.
In late June, a first run of 10,000 copies of "Reclaim, Introductory Edition" were printed and sold for $5.00 each in orders of 50 and more. The price for a single copy is $6 plus shipping. Order it from: RECLAIM RESOURCES, Bronze Bow Publishing, 2600 East 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406, toll free: (800) 590-6001, or on the Internet at http://www.reclaimlutheranworship.org/store.
"The 'Introductory Edition' has been eagerly welcomed and enthusiastically received by those who have seen it," Olsen said.
The 128-page introductory edition is seen as a supplement to the "Lutheran Book of Worship" and is ready for churches' hymn racks. It is a transitional resource for use and consideration until the complete Reclaim hymnal, "Lutheran Hymnal for Church and Home," comes out, according the Reclaims website. It is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2007. Reclaim's working group is exploring production of the hymnal in an electronic format as well.
The introductory edition is a worship and devotional resource that offers: a service with holy communion and a musical setting by composer John Ylvisaker entitled "Saint Paul's Setting;" orders for baptism, wedding, and funeral; 47 hymns, which are "pearls of great value" in building the faith and proclaiming the gospel; an introduction, Luther's Small Catechism, an outline for informal worship, and an article entitled "What Makes a Hymn Lutheran?"; and a brief commentary by John Ylvisaker.
It offers classic Lutheran theology applied in practical ways in hymns, names for God, liturgy, and the other orders. The hymn list includes several seasonal hymns so that the Introductory Edition can be used throughout the church year.
"Your continuing support in the form of prayer and financial donations are appreciated," Olsen said. "Contributions for this grass roots movement may be sent to Reclaim Resources, P.O.Box 8202, St.Paul, Mn.55108."