for Ascension. There were only 46 of us, but the singing was robust and joyful, and Carlo gave us some wonderful pieces. The preservice Bach Prelude and Fugue (C Major) was probably my favorite. We sang Divine Service 4, which is quite easy for a smaller crowd to sing. Best of all to me was seeing the youngsters in church - kudos to the parents who brought their little ones to share the joy of this feast! It was wonderful standing next to Gary at the end of the service and hearing him belt out the Bede Hymn: "A Hymn of Glory."
I know that folks criticize DS 4, but having used it any number of times, the simple truth is that it works. It works very well. No, it's not DS 3, but it is a beautiful liturgy in its own right. I can understand why it has "caught on" throughout the Synod. I sure wouldn't want it as regular fare, but for these feasts that receive smaller attendance, it strikes me as a perfect fit.