The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College,
has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship
by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary.
The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise
remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
A defining trait of Sing For Joy is basing each
week's music on the scriptural lessons specified in the Revised Common
Lectionary. This three-year cycle of readings has become the basis for
worship in the services that a majority of churchgoers in America
Listeners from divergent backgrounds appreciate Sing For Joy
and what it brings them for a multitude of reasons. Certainly, plenty
of churchgoers feel that the program complements their weekly worship
experience. And many church musicians express their appreciation for the
insights and leads the program provides. But the program also clearly
appeals to listeners from backgrounds transcending the kind of Christian
orientation one might expect.
For nearly 60 years, that breadth of appeal has spoken to Sing For Joy's unique presentation of Scripture-based music and related commentary in an engaging, personable and consequential way.