ReClaim Resources is a publishing ministry that creates and provides worship resources for Lutherans. Our mission is to make Christians through solidly evangelical worship services and materials. Our vision is to reclaim the future of the Lutheran understanding of Christianity by reclaiming the Reformation for all generations.
A brief history of ReClaim Resources
We grew out of a growing concern over changes in worship materials over the years within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its predecessor church bodies. Ecumenical pressures and liturgical curiosity had led many to adopt non-Lutheran elements in their worship practices that confuse the purpose and direction of worship, falsely implying that we bring something worthy of celebration to worship other than a repentant heart. Martin Luther's clear understanding of worship is that God’s love and grace come to us in Christ alone. Therefore the direction of the worship service should be from God to the people, of proclamation of the Gospel through hymns, liturgies, and the spoken Word throughout the service. This is important because worship is at the heart of shaping what people believe.
ReClaim was birthed out of a committee within the WordAlone Network in 2005, and by the Spring of 2006, had became an independent, non-profit corporation and tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization with a board of directors. The main goal has always been to produce a stand alone, independent Lutheran Hymnal for Church and Home (LHCH).
ReClaim Resources is already a fresh resource for congregations and individuals that lifts up the key elements of the Reformation and demonstrates them through our liturgies, hymns, and scholarly papers for use in public and home settings.
Our Publishing History
In the summer of 2006, the Introductory Edition of the Lutheran Hymnal for Church and Home was published as an example of what the complete hymnal might look and introduce our name to the larger church. This wonderful book included Luther’s Small Catechism, Setting I with Holy Communion (by John Ylvisaker), orders for baptism, marriage, and funerals, and 47 hymns and songs that were chosen as a core to build upon toward a full sized worship book.
We have built upon that foundation to produce additional elements of a full hymnal, including a second Holy Communion setting, a revised Small Catechism, collects, matins, vespers. Work is continuing on an additional communion setting, a revised lectionary, selected psalms and Scripture, the Augsburg Confession, and a complete library of songs and hymns.
In 2010 we realized the growing need for more electronically available resources, especially in worship. We began a serious study through careful research and a large surveys to find out what kinds of materials or resources were being used or desired by churches. Nearing a critical point in development, the decision was to made to pursue a more electronically based system that can provide both print and electronic worship materials at the same time, rather than trying to catch up to an electronic system after completing a print based one. This led to plans to develop an Online Worship Planning Tool - a system that will offer all our worship materials online, in a friendly, easy to use format that will help congregations to print weekly worship bulletins, powerpoints, iPad worship bulletins, and even print customizable hymnals! This was a grand goal, progressive in nature, but what we were hearing people wanted and needed.
What is happening now?
Throughout 2011-13 we worked hard to complete the development of the I Am Worship Planning Tool (WPT) and create new worship content to make available through the tool. Our sister organization, Triune Publishing, will be the name we will use to bring this product to churches. See www.IAmWorshipPlanning.com The tool will also make it possible to print our ReClaim Hymnal for Church and Home, as well as other customizable hymnals to meet a variety ministry needs and styles in the wider church. Triune Publishing released an iPhone application for download on iTunes, or visit (www.iamprayerapp.com).
Our development work in this new technology takes a lot resources, both time and financial. It is exciting and new, and will transform how churches create and use their worship materials, making it more efficient, offering more variety, and brings the potential to customize worship hymnals for specific settings, styles, and needs of the local church. We need your help today to continue this work. Please make donations to ReClaim Resources, P.O Box 8202, St. Paul, MN 55108 (we are tax exempt, 501(c)3 organization). We are also able to receive securities and set up terms for loans. Don't forget to select ReClaim for your Thrivent Choice Dollars! And please pray for us!
Other new features, products, and updates!
Luther's Small Catechism - Authentically Lutheran, faithful in translation, updated.
(Offered through a separate online store)