• Coronavirus & LCRS

There are currently no on-site worship services scheduled as we follow the CDC guidelines. The office will be open Monday through Thursday – 8:00 – 11:00 am. 

Please check back often for all updated LCRS news listed below.

Thursday, 4/02/20 – 11:30 am

Click HERE for the April 2, 2020 copy of e-Reflections

Click HERE for the Worship Bulletin for April 4-5, 2020

Readings for April 4-5 & Hymns for April 5 – Sunday of the Passion


(Click the links below to access the readings)

Old Testament: Isaiah 50:4-9

Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11

Holy Gospel: Matthew 27:11-66


(Click the links below to access hymn information)

Hymn #443 – “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” (Score and Full Text)

Hymn #422 – “On My Heart Imprint Your Image” (Score and Full Text)

Hymn #438 – “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” (Text Information)

Hymn #940 – “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” (Score and Full Text)

Hymn #434 – “Lamb of God, Pure and Holy” (Score and Full Text)

Hymn #441 – “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty” (Score and Full Text)

Wednesday, 4/01/20 – 2:00 pm

Pastor Arnold’s Lenten Midweek Sermon – 4/01/20 Sermon message: “Good Trees Bearing Good Fruit, Bad Trees Bearing Bad Fruit” – Based on Gal. 5:1, 13-24 and Matthew 7:15-20.

Please CLICK HERE for link to sermon text.

Wednesday, 4/01/20 – 10:00 am

Today’s Prayer Focus

 “Alleluia, alleluia!  Hearts to heaven and voices raise; sing to God a hymn of gladness, sing to God a hymn of praise; He who on the cross a victim for the world’s salvation bled…..Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, now is risen from the dead.” (Hymn 477)  

Let us pray…

Dear Father in Heaven, remind us that even if we cannot meet in corporate worship to celebrate the Resurrection, we can celebrate in our hearts and with those with whom we come in contact.  Help us remember all our days that YOU, and YOU alone are still in charge and YOUR word will NEVER return to YOU void.  And the people of God say, Amen!

– Submitted by the LCRS Life Team

Monday, 3/30/20 – 9:00 am

Today’s Prayer Focus

Heavenly Father, YOU have given us a “new life” in our baptism.  Teach us to remember that “new life” daily and help us to walk as a “child of the light”.  Help each and every one of us to show others that YOU live in me.  Give us wisdom, compassion and love in our words and actions toward all.  Lord, may it be so.  Amen.

– Submitted by the LCRS Life Team

Sunday, 3/29/20 – 11:15 am

Holy Communion

Holy Communion will be served on Tuesday, March 31 at the following times: 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00 am.  Please call the office on Monday, March 30 to make an appointment.

Sunday, 3/29/20 10:30 am

Pastor Arnold’s Sermon – 3/28-29, 2020

YouTube: Please click for sermon recording of 3/29 sermon

Facebook Live (Recording from 3/28): RisenSaviorLutheran GreenValleyAZ

Click for transcript of 3/28-29 Sermon

Readings for March 28-29 & Hymns for March 29 – The Fifth Sunday in Lent


(Click the links below to access the readings)

Old Testament: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Second Reading: Romans 8:1-11

Holy Gospel: John 11:17-27 and John 11:38-53


(Click the links below to access hymn information)

Hymn #430 – “My Song Is Love Unknown” (Full Text)

Hymn #419 – “Savior, When in Dust to Thee” (Score and Full Text)

Hymn #420 – “Christ, the Life of All the Living” (Score and Full Text)

Hymn #702 – “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” (Score and Full Text)

Friday, 3/27/20 – 8:30 am

Today’s Prayer Focus

Lord God, Heavenly Father, may the joy of that first resurrection morning fill our hearts with hope and gladness.  May we continually remember to celebrate life and all its blessings as a special gift from YOU.  May that joy, hope, trust and love touch the lives of those around us.  We ask this in Your Son’s holy and precious name, Amen.

– Submitted by the LCRS Life Team

Thursday, 3/26/20 – 3:00 pm

Click to see the 3/26 issue of E-Reflections

Click to see the current issue of the 3/28-29 worship bulletin

My Church App


LCRS has an App that can be downloaded to your smartphone and/or tablet. To download the App, please follow these directions:

1. Go to the App Store or Google Play on your smartphone and/or tablet.

2. Search for ‘My Church App’ and download.

3. Once downloaded, search for our church by typing in Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior OR Rev. Todd W. Arnold and click on.

4. Now you will always have access to the LCRS App using the ‘My Church App’ icon on your smartphone or tablet.

Check out the ‘Coronavirus and LCRS’ icon on our app for the latest information posted by Risen Savior and/or listen to recorded sermons/Bible studies.  

Thursday, 3/26/20 – 10:45 am

Today’s Prayer Focus

As we remember and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, please also remember those in need during this challenging time:

“I know that my Redeemer lives; What comfort this sweet sentence gives!  He lives, He lives who once was dead; He lives my ever living head.”  (Hymn 461) 

Heavenly Father, as we once again celebrate the resurrection of YOUR Son, remind us that we too, shall rise again to spend eternity in heaven with YOU.  Help us to share the good news of salvation with those we meet and associate with on a daily basis.  And the people of God say, Amen!

– Submitted by the LCRS Life Team

Wednesday, 3/25/20 – 7:00 pm

Pastor Arnold’s midweek Lenten sermon can be viewed on YouTube CLICK HERE or on our Facebook page: CLICK HERE.

Monday, 3/23/20 – 5:30 pm

Concert Series Update:

The Fred Fox School of Music Graduate Students concert on Sunday, May 3 has been cancelled.  

Monday, 3/23/20 – 11:25 am

Small Group Holy Communion Available Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at LCRS

Holy Communion will be made available to groups of 10 or less on Wednesday, March 25 at the following times:

Please call the office (625-2612) to register for a time.

9:00 am

9:30 am

10:00 am

10:30 am

11:00 am

*No more Midweek Lenten Services will be held. Sermon viewing will be available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RisenSaviorLutheran-GreenValleyAZ-229626430383165/ and YouTube. (YouTube videos will be linked to this page once uploaded.)

Monday, 3/23/20 – 11:15 am

Written Sermon Transcript from 3/21-22/2020 Services

Please feel free to print the sermon below for yourself or to distribute to our church family members who do not have access to the internet.  Click the link below for a pdf copy of the sermon.

Pastor Arnold’s Sermon 3/21-22/2020 pdf


Monday, 3/23/20 – 9:45 am

New e-Connections Emails Sent to Our Church Family

Please check for an email sent to our church family today with links to recordings of the Saturday (3/21) and Sunday (3/23) services.  Only our regular e-mail list will be receiving these links.  Due to copyright laws we are only given permission to share the music and words with our church family.  If you are not receiving these emails (e-Reflections and e-Connections), please contact the office between 8:00 and 11:00 am.

Monday, 3/23/20 – 9:30 am

A Note from the LCRS Library Staff

Are you looking for something to do as you shelter-in-place? If you make a run to the grocery store or are picking up a take-out meal from one of our wonderful Green Valley restaurants, please also stop by our church library.  Our LCRS Library is open from 8 until 11 am – Monday through Thursday. Along with our wonderful book selection, a new DVD shelf has been added.  There are numerous DVD documentaries along with Christian Hollywood-type movies.

Monday, 3/23/20 – 8:15 am


The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!  The name of the God of Jacob protect you! (Psalm 20:1)

O Lord, our God, we call out to YOU in our time of confusion and fear.  Give us a strong faith in this time of danger and confusion.  Guide our leaders in making wise decisions for the good of our state and our country and give our people patience and the willingness to obey these directives.   Keep us ever mindful that YOU, and YOU alone are in charge and can bring us safely through these trying times.  Help us to remember and sincerely pray the words of this old hymn:  “I walk with Jesus all the way, His guidance never fails me; Within His wounds I find a stay When Satan’s power assails me; And by His footsteps led, My path I safely tread.  In spite of ills that threaten may, I walk with Jesus all the way.”

– Provided by the Life Team of LCRS

Sunday, 3/22/20 – 9:30 am

Streamed Sermon Resources

Pastor Arnold’s sermon from the 3/21-22 services can be accessed on YouTube by clicking this link: YouTube or on our Facebook page: RisenSaviorLutheran GreenValleyAZ

Readings for March 21 & 22 & Hymns for March 22 – The Fourth Sunday in Lent


(Click the links below to access the readings)

Old Testament: Isaiah 42:14-21

Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14

Holy Gospel: John 9:1-7  and John 9:13-17 and John 9:34-39


(Click the links below to access hymn information)

Hymn #543 – “What Wondrous Love Is This” (Full Text)

Hymn #571 – “God Loved the World So That He Gave” (Score and Full Text)

Hymn #743 – “Jesus, Priceless Treasure” (Score and Full Text)

Hymn #433 – “Glory Be to Jesus” (Score and Full Text)

Sunday, 3/22/20 – 9:00 am


I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.  The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. (Psalm 34:4&7)

Lord God, Heavenly Father, YOUR children call upon YOU for help, patience, and strength during this difficult time.  Help us to be strong in our faith; to be that beacon shining on the hill; that we, in turn, can be a blessing and help to others.  And the people of God say “Amen”!

– Provided by the Life Team of LCRS

Sunday, 3/22/20 – 6:30 am

Lutheran Hour

You can listen to The Lutheran Hour at 7:30 am and last week’s service at 8:30 am on KGVY (1080 AM and 101.5 FM)  Click here for KGVY’s website.

Saturday, 3/21/20 – 11:15 am


God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Psalm 46:1-3)

Heavenly Father, during this difficult time as we deal with the Covid 19 virus, be with YOUR children.  Give them the strength and the faith needed to carry on during this unprecedented situation in our country and the world.  Remind us daily to turn to YOU in prayer; comfort all in need; and bring us safely through this crisis.  Remind us daily that the LORD of hosts is with us and YOU, YOU alone are our refuge.  We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

– Provided by the Life Team of LCRS

• Friday, 3/20/20 – 3:00 pm

Worship Bulletin Notes for 3/21-22/2020 

Please click for Worship Bulletin Notes

e-Reflections – 3/19/2020.

Please click for 3/19 Issue

• Friday, 3/20/20 – 11:45 am

Letter from Pastor Arnold


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

After much prayer and deliberation over the unusual times that we are going through, I met recently with both the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees, as well as with the church staff. Together, we have decided that the most caring and loving thing we can do is to suspend all public worship services beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 until the time comes when we can do so safely and in accordance with directives from national and local authorities. This would include the Bible Studies that I lead on Sunday and Tuesday mornings and all regularly scheduled meetings. Most, if not all, of our lay-led studies have suspended meeting at the church, as well.

As you might assume, this is a gut-wrenching thing for me to do, since I have been called by God and the congregation to proclaim the Word, lead worship and administer the sacraments according to God’ divine directive. With that in mind, we will be live-steaming and recording services on both Saturday afternoons and on Sunday mornings that you may still hear the Word of God and sing His praises, participating in the worship of our Lord on a regular basis.

You will be receiving regular communications from us that will enable you and instruct you on how to connect electronically to our services. I will also be announcing a schedule providing opportunities for you to receive the Lord’s Supper periodically here at church.

 Please do not hesitate to call me or the church office if we can help you with any need. The office staff will largely keep a regular schedule during this time and we will notify you if that changes.  The Elders will be checking up on the folks and we will assure that the most vulnerable will be taken care of at this time.

Please do not forget that a portion of our worship is the sacrifice of our tithes and offerings. Bills and payroll will need to continue to be met. If you and your household are not financially burdened or challenged by the crisis at hand, we would appreciate receiving your regular offerings when it is convenient for you to get them to us.

Please visit our website often – risen-savior.com – and click the “Coronavirus & LCRS” link for frequent updates

May the God who has called us His own and saved us for all eternity protect us and richly bless us during this difficult time.

In Christ’s never-ending care,

Pastor Todd Arnold+

And friends in Christ Jesus, God loves you! He loves you very much. Amen. pastedGraphic_1.png 


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