Our Invitation to You
If you're visiting this page, you've probably got some questions and you're looking for answers. We understand it can be hard to visit a church for the first time. You might ask yourself, "What's going to happen when I come in the front door?" "How will I know where to go and what to do when I get there?" "What will I do with my kids?" "What should I wear?" "What will the service be like?" All kinds of unknown factors can make church seem very intimidating.
With this section we hope to answer some of the questions you might have about our church before you visit. All of us at Risen Savior Lutheran Church truly hope to make your visit with us relaxed and enriching.
If any of your questions are not answered below, please let me know so we can add whatever will be helpful to you in this visitor's guide, because that's why it exists--to help you, our guest, on your visit to Risen Savior.
Above all, it is my greatest hope that when you visit Risen Savior, you will hear about your Savior Jesus, and through his love you will find life eternal. Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to meeting you as a guest of our church family very soon!
Yours in our Living Savior,
Pastor - Email
Church Office: 414-374-7320
How do I get to Risen Savior?
Risen Savior Lutheran Church is located at 9550 West Brown Deer Road in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
When do we meet for worship?
What is worship like at Risen Savior?
- Sunday Morning English Worship Service - 9:00 a.m.
- English Bible study for adults following worship: Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
- Sunday Morning Spanish Worship Service - 12 noon
- Weekly School Chapel Service each Wednesday (when school is in session) - 8:30 a.m.
- Spanish Bible study for adults Fridays 6:30 p.m. at the Risen Savior Community Center—9505 W. Brown Deer Rd.
- English worship Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. at Luther Haven 8949 N. 97th St.
Each church has a worship style of it's own. We think you'll enjoy the services at Risen Savior. As is the case with any church, you should expect to take a couple Sundays to become accustomed to our way of praising God and receiving God's gifts together.
Each week the service is entirely printed in the worship folder with references to our red hymnal for use during the service. You are welcome to bring along your own Bible and follow along with the lessons if you choose.
Our worship services focus on readings from God's Word--the Bible. Through the bible we hear God's voice to us. Music and singing are important parts of our worship as well. Loud or soft, in monotone or rich harmony, ancient or contemporary, all our praises are music to the Lord.
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1
Our worship services usually include the following parts in a variety of forms:
Bible Readings - We read selections from God’s Old Testament prophets, Jesus’ apostles, and from Jesus himself. Our pastor gives a brief explanation of each reading so that we can better understand what God is saying to us.
Children's Message - Every Sunday the Pastor asks children to come forward and sit on the steps of the altar and listen to a special message written specifically for them.
Sermon - Our pastor offers instruction and encouragement in a Bible-based sermon. Young or old, you can expect God’s guidance and grace through his Word for dealing with life's problems, as well as the promise of eternal life in heaven through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Response to the Word - We respond with offerings and prayers for the things he has promised to us and for strength to do what he has asked.
Throughout these different parts of our service, our God gives us gifts of his grace. In response, we praise him with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs from the entire history of God's Church. During some services, our members partake of the Lord's Supper. Risen Savior Lutheran Church (and all congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) practice what is called "Closed Communion." For an explanation of this practice, please contact Pastor Peter Leyrer.
How should I dress?
You might wonder how you are expected to dress at a church you've never visited before. Since the Bible presents no dress code, except for simple decency and Christian humility, Risen Savior doesn't make any rules either.
Like most people, our members try to make their worship time at church a special time. This is often reflected in the way they dress. Still dress is a personal matter of worship before God. One person may dress casually and rejoice that our gracious Lord accepts us as we are, while another may dress to reflect the awe and reverence we have for our Savior King.
On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and heels, jeans and suits, open collars and ties. When a person dresses out of love for his or her Lord, the choice of dress, be it casual or more formal, is acceptable to God . . . and us.
What about the offering?
"When will they take the offering?" "How will it be collected?" "How much am I expected to give?" "Do they want visitors to contribute too?" These are some of the worries people may have about church offerings, but God's Word teaches that our offerings to God should reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. It teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God.
Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through their church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. These offering give them the opportunity to not only show love to Christ, but also to support the work of our congregation as we bring the Good News of Christ's love to more people.
We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God and we use offering envelopes to keep our gifts a private matter known only to the Lord. Now a child may bring the quarters and dimes his parents give him. Someone older may write a check. Both, however, remember Jesus and give their gifts out of love for him.
As our guest, we will not expect you to contribute an offering, nor do we want to pressure you into doing so. You may wish to learn more about our ministry before bringing your offerings to God through our church, but you are welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.
Frequently Asked Questions
Attending a church for the first time can be intimidating. Here are some common worries:
"Will I have to stand up and say something?" - We can assure you that we won’t embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible and at home with us. Time at church should be an enjoyable and uplifting experience. We promise to do all we can so you can learn about your Savior.
"What if my child is noisy?" - Our congregation is much like a family with infants and kids and teens and adults and elderly. It is not unusual to hear the cry of a baby mixed in with the sound of hymns or readings. If, however, at any time you feel the need, we have a small cry room in the back of the church, where you can bring your child.
"What if I say something wrong?" - You are not alone! All of us, at some time, have felt this way in a new situation. We hope you'll see that the people of Cross of Christ are ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and help you become what Christ wants you to be. We do not want to throw cold water on that with a critical spirit.
"What if I feel out of place?" - We hope this visitor's guide has helped to ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask someone for help. Don’t hesitate to say, "I'm new here. Can you help me?" We can assure you our members are more than willing to help!
"Will I have to sign up for something?" - It's unpleasant to be pressured or to be part of a "membership drive" as though we were heads of cattle, isn’t it? We believe church membership should be a voluntary matter, and the most important thing of all is to trust in our Savior Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. This takes time. People need time to evaluate and decide if they wish further involvement in a congregation. We believe we should respect that need.
"What if I don't know anything about the bible?" - Worship and Bible study are opportunities to grow in our knowledge of the Bible and faith in Jesus. You won’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to answer. Don't forget...sometimes the wisest words to say are, "I don’t know."
What does it mean to be Lutheran?
Risen Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Our church body started in Milwaukee, WI in the 1850s...hence, the name.
The name "Lutheran" comes from the great 16th Century reformer, Martin Luther. At that time in history, the Church had lost sight of its Savior and the truth of his Word. To restore that truth, the Lord used Martin Luther to boldly challenge these errors and preach Jesus Christ as Savior. For this reason, we are proud to remember his work in bringing to light the truth of God’s Word by using his name to identify ourselves.
Our membership in the WELS unites us with like-minded Christians across our country and around the world, who share a common faith with us. This "synod" allows us to do jointly work we cannot do on our own. We pool our resources to do mission work at home and abroad, to train young people to serve in public ministry as pastors, teachers and staff ministers, and to put out publications such as hymnals, Bible studies, and other materials. Above all, we find comfort in knowing there are Christians throughout the world who share a common faith with us.
Our congregation and church body are solidly based on the Bible. We believe that Jesus is our only Savior and way to heaven. Through faith we are united to him and to each other.
If you want to know more about what we believe and practice, we invite you to visit our synod's page: WELS.net or for a more in-depth look, you can read This We Believe.