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, January 25, 2015 1:01am

    Being confused is sometimes called getting yourself all turned around, and it is a negative thing. But in the spiritual life, turning is often a positive thing. And music can encourage a person to keep turning, turning, till they come round right. Join us on the next Sing For Joy.

  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 1:01am

    Life could be compared to a call and response song. We hear, we respond. The question is, to what, to whom? The music of the church seeks both to sharpen listening to what is holy, and inspire response.  You'll hear such music on the next Sing For Joy.  Join us.

  • Sunday, January 11, 2015 1:01am

    There most certainly are not as many songs about the Baptism of Jesus as about the birth of Jesus, but there are some. And they do know how to tell the story. Join us for the next Sing For Joy, and hear for yourself.

  • Sunday, January 4, 2015 1:01am

    All the Christmas food might be gone, the wrapping paper recycled or put away, but music can keep a Christmas fire shining in the heart. Join us on the next Sing For Joy.

  • Sunday, December 28, 2014 1:01am

    This week on Sing For Joy, music inspired by each of the four readings heard in thousands of Christian churches will be heard, celebrating the first Sunday of the Christmas season.  Join us!