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 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.

Bible Readings

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.

Communion Instructions

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.

Sunday School

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.

The Heartsong Service

OSLC’s 11:15 a.m. Heartsong Service is a Holy Communion service, alive with the joy of worshipful praise. OSLC’s Heartsong Band, an Americana-style praise band, leads the congregation in singing worship songs and hymns.

The Americana style of music is defined as roots-based, often with an emphasis on acoustic instruments, and with stylistic elements taken from folk, early country, bluegrass, gospel, and other genres. Pivotal events in its origins occurred near-by, in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

And the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City is the oldest established program of its kind at any four-year institution. This unique program has thrived on the philosophies of preserving the musical traditions rooted in Appalachian culture, while at the same time encouraging creativity and the development of prevailing styles. Students from around the globe come to ETSU to study the music of the mountains in the rich cultural hearth of Northeast Tennessee.

Americana has proven to be an effective style in Heartsong, both for modern worship songs and for older hymns.