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!
Worshiping at OSLC
OSLC’s services offer three distinct expressions of Lutheran worship, each solidly grounded in Lutheran preaching and theology. Each service features a sermon by Senior Pastor James Nipper, or by Associate Pastor Ed Myers.
Good Friday Tenebrae service @ 7:30 pm
Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service @ 7:00 am
The Traditional Service
OSLC’s 9:00 AM Early Service is a traditional Holy Communion service. Its 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.
The Heartsong Service
The 11:15 AM Heartsong Service is a contemporary Holy Communion service. The Heartsong Band, and Worship Leader Tony Mowell, lead the congregation in singing the best of modern worship music, along with Americana-tinged hymns and folk music-based worship songs. Its exuberance is of a different type than the other services.
Conveniently slotted between the worship services, OSLC’s 10:15 AM 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 will begin in 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.
Standing and Kneeling
For the traditional services, appropriate times to stand and kneel are denoted in the bulletin. These instructions are also printed at the bottom of the first page of the bulletin.
For the Heartsong contemporary service, appropriate times to stand will be indicated by the worship service leader.
For the traditional services, 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.
For the Heartsong contemporary service, the lessons and Gospel are from the Common English Bible.
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 services, 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.
At the Heartsong contemporary service, communion is by intinction.