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, December 21, 2014 1:01am

    Christmas music can be a lot like the Christmas story: very old yet very new at the same time. On the next Sing For Joy you’ll hear music about Mother Mary; some old, some new, all of it lovely. Join us.

  • Sunday, December 14, 2014 1:01am

    It’s Advent time in the church, and Sing For Joy is happy to bring you the music of the season. Join us for timely songs of significance and beauty.

  • Sunday, December 7, 2014 1:01am

    During the pre-Christmas Advent season a mood prevails in many human spirits — it says both now, and not yet. The church’s music of Advent knows that mood and sings while it waits. Music for waiting on the next Sing For Joy.

  • Sunday, November 30, 2014 1:01am

    The Advent season arrives – full of hope, expectation, preparation, personal reflection – and full of music to direct the heart toward what will be. Join us for music of the season on the next Sing For Joy.

  • Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:01am

    In North America we don’t have coronations except at make-believe events like Homecoming celebrations at schools. But once a year many Christian Churches celebrate a day called Christ the King. On the next Sing For Joy you’ll hear music fit for a coronation. Join us.