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, 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.

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014 2:01am

    Sometimes the unknown feels threatening, but it can also be affirmed as part of the holy mystery of life. On the next Sing For Joy, you’ll hear music that celebrates the known and unknown of life in God’s world. Join us.

  • Sunday, August 3, 2014 2:01am

    There is a difference between a reward and a gift. A reward is a sign that you have done well. A gift is a sign of the giver’s friendship, affection, or love. Hear the gift of music and the music of gift on the next Sing For Joy.

  • Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:01am

    Human beings worry about forces they believe are against them. Sometimes those forces are on the outside, sometimes within: self-doubt, self-condemnation, a guilty conscience. On the next Sing For Joy there is music of support and encouragement. Join us.