We’re on week number 2 of using LSB and so far the reactions have been positive. At my TLH congregation there was a little confusion the first week about page numbers. Most of the people who are in that church have been members for 75-80 years. I think some of the older folks are not completely sold on it yet. My organist there said that she thinks the hymns are easier to play, and as proof we sang “Salvation unto us has come” today and she played it better than I have ever heard her play it. I was very complimentary. She clips along a lot better it seems. At my LW congregation as well, I have received positive comments. It’s not so much the big things that people are really commenting on, but the little things like having a triangle to mark doxological stanzas, or having the prayers in the front cover of the hymnal to use before and after worship. These are more matters of convenience, and I think that means a lot to people. I am still trying to get the pages of the humongous Altar Book to lay down on their own so I can actually have my hands in the proper position without having to hold the pages down. That is one annoyance. I wish they had an altar book (anyone listening?) that only had the one-year propers in it for us one-year types. That would remove about an inch of space from it. It is so THICK. It’s like the Jalapeno thick burger of the Lutheran Liturgy. I do appreciate the wide variety of collects and proper prefaces in it. The people have noticed this as I have used them for a couple months now.
Anyway, the overall reaction has been positive, and it is SO nice to be able to use the same hymn numbers for both churches.