Lutheran Service Book FAQ
Question: How are sales of the Lutheran Service Book going? My congregation is in the process of deciding if we are going to buy it and want to know how well received it has been.
Answer: The hymnal has been available for just a bit over six months and there are already well in excess of 550,000 copies in circulation. The orders keep pouring in. We will be close to one million copies in print by the end of this year. The demand for the hymnal has exceeded our expectation.
Question: How long is the introductory price of $18.50 good for?
Answer: Concordia Publishing House recently announced that we are extending the special price through Pentecost of 2008 in light of the huge demand for the hymnal and to give congregations more time to make their purchase. We were going to stop the special price at the end of this summer, but felt it would be a better service to the Synod to continue the special pricing.
Question: Is there a better time to order it to make sure we get it right away?
Answer: No, we are unable to say for sure when we will have copies in stock for immediate shipping and when we will be in a backorder situation. The printer is working continuously to fill our reprint orders and delivering them as quickly to us as possible. The best thing to do is simply place your order and get in line for copies as they become available and when they become available. First come, first served. Our distribution center is working at full capacity to fill orders just as quickly as we can.
Question: How has the software Lutheran Service Builder been received?
Answer: Let me put it this way. We expected to sell a few hundred copies in the first year the program was released. The program has been available for only a few months and we have sold over 1,350 copies.
Question: When is the Pastoral Care Companion coming out?
Answer: We expect it to be here by July. You will be extremely impressed by the tremendous amount of resources it contains.
Question: What have you been hearing about the hymnal?
We have heard continuously from congregations and pastors who are extremely pleased with the hymnal. They are very impressed at how easy it is to introduce the hymnal to the parish. "TLH only" congregations that have switched to LSB have been particularly pleased at how well the transition has gone. We are hearing good things about the quality of the hymnal, the design of the hymnal and how easy the new hymnal is to use. Very few negative remarks have been received. Frankly, I’ve been amazed at how few negative remarks we have received. Overwhelmingly positive response from all across the Synod, from congregations of every size.
Question: What about the hymnal: Lutheran Worship?
Answer: We have not received a single request to keep Lutheran Worship in print. In fact, the Concordia Publishing House board of directors took it out of print at its last meeting. We have limited quantities remaining and when these are gone there will no future printings. No LW companion volumes are reprinted. Neither LW, nor any of its companion volumes, will be released into the public doman. CPH still holds all copyright to all LW resources.
Question: What about The Lutheran Hymnal?
Answer: We will keep one edition of TLH in print at least in the short-term, the red pew edition. No TLH support volumes will be reprinted. Neither, TLH nor any of its supporting volumes, will be released into the public domain. CPH still holds copyright to all TLH resources.