We are a liturgical people. Liturgy incorporates words, songs, and gestures that are used by Christians to identify themselves and each other. We invite you to join with us in this joyful celebration of God’s love as we worship together today!
March 14, 2020
Dear friends in Christ,
Grace and Peace are yours in abundance! Amen.
After much prayer and conversation, based on the guidance not only from our own faithful bishops, but also from our local and state leadership – your congregation council has voted to suspend all congregational activities for the next two weeks. This would include the next three Sundays, March 15 through March 29. Our hope is that our next public worship would be Palm/Passion Sunday, April 5. Until further notice we will not have any activities at the church—that includes worships on Sunday and Wednesdays as well as previously scheduled book or bible studies, circle meetings, committee meetings, or health and other small group ministries, classes, or programs.
This is simply to do our part in the attempts to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus. I believe it is our duty as citizens of this great nation to comply with this request. It will not last for long. That is our prayer.
I am always available if you need pastoral assistance. That will not stop because of this situation. We will be giving more details about other changes in the meantime as we discuss those needs. In the meantime, pray for our community – our state – our nation – and our world.
Remember that God loves you and so do we! Blessings to you all.
Worshiping at OSLC
OSLC’s services offer two distinct expressions of Lutheran worship, each solidly grounded in Lutheran preaching and theology. The Traditional Service is at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday, in the Nave. The Heartsong Service is at 11:15 a.m. each Sunday, in the Fellowship Hall. Each service features a sermon by Senior Pastor Jim Nipper.
The Traditional Service
OSLC’s 9:00 a.m. Traditional Service is a Holy Communion service, whose hallmark is majestic traditional and modern worship music, led by the OSLC Chancel Choir. The music is led by OSLC’s acclaimed choir director and organist, Carolynn Bailey.
Standing and Kneeling
For the Traditional Service, appropriate times to stand and kneel are denoted in the bulletin.
For the Traditional Service, the lessons and Gospel are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible. Extra copies of the NRSV are at the end of the pews or, you may want to follow along with your own favorite Bible. The Psalm is usually spoken responsively and is found on the insert along with the lessons and Gospel.
The Holy Sacrament
The Holy Sacrament is the true Body and Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in, with, through, and under the bread and wine, given and shed for us sinners to eat and drink for the forgiveness of sins.
All those who believe Christ died for our sins, and all those who are baptized, are welcomed at the Lord’s Table in this congregation.
A record will be sent to the visitor’s congregation if such is indicated in the Friendship Register.
Children are invited to come to the altar with their parents for a blessing from the pastor.
At the Traditional Service, you may receive the wine via individual glasses or the common cup. Those desiring the individual glass should take it from the tray carried by the first communion assistant. White grape juice may be found in the middle of each tray for those who desire it.
If you desire to receive the common cup, you may want to place your hands across your chest as the first assistant comes by, so that he/she will know your desires for the chalice.
Please follow the direction of the ushers in approaching the communion rail and in returning to your pew. Worshipers in the center pews may come to the communion rail via the aisle closest to their seat.
Conveniently slotted between the worship services, OSLC’s 10:15 a.m. Sunday School provides Christian Education opportunities for those of all ages, from young children to those no longer so young. Sunday School does not meet in the summer, but resumes each September.
In addition to the parking spaces in front of the church, parking is available behind the church, and in the parking lots of the banks on either side of the church.
A nursery is provided, and all are welcome.