Sing For Joy!

Sunday at 6AM
Bruce Benson

Heard by thousands of listeners in nearly 200 communities nationwide, Sing For Joy has a simple mission: to provide music and commentary that will support the church in evangelism and worship. By providing sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary, the program prepares listeners for worship and reinforces their worship experience.

A defining trait of Sing For Joy is basing each week's music on the scriptural lessons specified in the common lectionary. This three-year cycle of readings has become the basis for worship in the services that a majority of churchgoers in America attend.  The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the host's concise comments illuminate the meaning of the texts.

Accomplished members of the St. Olaf College community share chief responsibility for Sing For Joy's content. College Pastor Bruce Benson is writer and host. Professor of Music John Ferguson and Producer and Music Director Jeff O'Donnell oversee the selection of music. Together, this team continues the tradition and mission of Sing For Joy first established over 50 years ago.

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  • Sunday, July 20, 2014 2:01am

    Not everyone finds spiritual satisfaction in the beauty of nature, but many do, and many more probably could if given the opportunity. Sing For Joy can’t take you outdoors, but with good music it can help you celebrate the goodness of creation. Join us.

  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 2:01am

    We often compare human capacities to technology: brains, we say, are like computers; a world class athlete functions like a well oiled machine. The Bible, however, prefers images from nature and from life. Many such images are featured in the music you’ll hear on the next Sing For Joy.

  • Sunday, July 6, 2014 2:01am

    There is a difference between taking a holiday and finding rest for your soul, even though sometimes the two wonderfully happen together. On the next Sing For Joy you’ll hear music inspired by more than just a holiday week-end. It will offer rest for the soul.

  • Sunday, June 29, 2014 2:01am

    Musical instruments need regular tuning, and there is a sense in which the human heart also needs to be tuned in order to sing and live truthfully. Tune my heart to sing thy grace, says an old American hymn. We’ll hear the hymn, and other well-tuned songs on this episode of Sing For Joy.

  • Sunday, June 22, 2014 2:01am

    Part of music’s grace is that it can say and do at the same time: It can say we need help, and at the same time help us; it can sing about comfort, while comforting us; and when it calls us to hope it also gives hope. Experience it on the next Sing For Joy.