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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Podcasts

  • Sunday, September 14, 2014 2:01am

    Music, like the human spirit, is able to laugh, cry, hope, comfort, contemplate and celebrate. All those sorts of music and more are part of the weekly program, Sing For Joy. Let your spirit be touched by great music of the church. Join us.

  • Sunday, September 7, 2014 2:01am

    People who do not want to feel close to each other should avoid singing together. Singing forms bonds. That is probably why the Bible loves singing, and why on the next Sing For Joy you will hear music about the bond of love. Join us; you’ll like what you hear.

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 2:01am

    One of the clearest messages of the Bible is that some things will not be clear to human beings.  But the Bible is also clear that God is more trustworthy than our imperfect knowledge.  On the next Sing For Joy you will hear music that trusts without claiming to know everything.  Join us.  

  • Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:01am

    Stories and songs are always in season on Sing For Joy.  Sometimes they are told and sung by large groups, other times by one solo singer.  Always you are invited to listen in, or – if you’re one of those who enjoys singing along with the radio, we welcome that too.  Join us every week.

  • Sunday, August 17, 2014 2:01am

    If you sing because your heart is full, anyone is welcome to join you. Sing For Joy often plays music made by professionals, but it welcomes all the world in every corner to sing along. Don’t miss it.