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.

Pastor Jim

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, also in the Nave. Each service features a sermon by Senior Pastor Jim Nipper.

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 led by renowned musician Tony Mowell, 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.

Heartsong’s Tenth Anniversary

OSLC’s Heartsong service marked its tenth anniversary with a special service on June 24, 2018. Former OSLC Associate Pastor Joseph Bolick presented a special message via video, and the sermon was delivered by Pastor Ed Myers. Following the service, those present observed a moment of thanks to those who’d played key roles in Heartsong’s founding: Maggie and Jim Flint; John Paul Neas; Zoe Lynda Pine; Pastors Nipper, Bolick, and Myers; Shirley and Owen Boyle; Faith Akin and Gary Shealy; and Patti Hembre. A reception then followed.

To view Deb Soike’s photos of the Tenth Anniversary service and reception, click here.

To view the “Thanks to Heartsong’s Founders” slides, click here.

To read “The History of Heartsong,” click here.

To view photos of Heartsong’s Fifth Anniversary service and reception, click here.

To view photos of other Heartsong memories, click here.

Bible Readings

For the Heartsong 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 forward with their parents for a blessing from the pastor.

Communion Instructions

At the Heartsong Service, communion is by intinction. White grape juice is provided for those who desire it.

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.