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The Sing For Joy Newsletter: July 2016 / Year C
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by Pastor Bruce Benson, host

"... when language evolved, it not only improved communication between people, it also ... allowed them to obfuscate and lie. People needed to find a more trustworthy means of communicating — a mode that could not lie or be faked. The solution to the problem of the lie made possible by language was music. ... We let music into our hearts and minds because we are designed to trust it as a message that cannot be faked."                                                  
Patrick McNamara, Boston University School of Medicine

The neurological explanation of music’s power suggested by Dr. McNamara in the quotation above goes a long way toward explaining stories like those of St. Augustine and Martin Luther, and perhaps stories like yours and mine as well. Augustine didn’t use the current expression “tipping point” to describe what the music of St. Ambrose did for him, but that music seems to have “tipped” Augustine firmly into the Christian faith. Similarly, it was said of Luther that his hymns caused more people to embrace the ideas of the Reformation than any of his theological treatises did. We all, apparently, “let music into our hearts and minds,” tending to trust it more than we trust sermons, lectures, sales pitches and political speeches.

It is the “trustworthiness” of music that, for example, encourages advertisers to use music to sell products. We might well distrust the words of a commercial, but if the words are set to a tune we like, we let the words enter “our hearts and minds” because they come to us musically. Of course, the same sort of thing is true of church music. Though no one would compare Bach to TV jingles, all of us who have lived in the Church for any length of time have heard repeatedly how important music is to the life of faith. Music helps us trust the message.

The power of music, that is, its trustworthiness, puts a great deal of responsibility not just on composers and musicians but on poets and hymn text writers as well. If our “hearts and minds” are inclined to trust music, it matters if the words too are trustworthy, because when sung, they will enter those hearts and minds that have been opened by music. That is both the gift and curse of music: truth and lies, love and hate, hope and fear, grace and cheap grace, when set to good tunes and rhythms will enter hearts and minds.

Sing For Joy is a program devoted to sacred choral music; that means it deals with words that are sung. Except for my brief on-air introductions, the program has no words but sung words; except for brief musical introductions and interludes, it has no wordless music. Every program consists of words and music woven together from beginning to end. In preparing programs we seek integrity of both text and tune, knowing it is a more difficult assignment with texts. Each week we hope that what enters your heart and mind helps you grow in faith, hope and love.

Peace be with you,

Bruce Benson Signature
Pastor Bruce Benson

JuLY PROGRAM PLAYLISTS
July 3, 2016

Time After Pentecost — Lectionary 14 (Year C)

(1R) Isaiah 66:10–14
(PS) Psalm 66:1–9
(2R) Galatians 6:(1–6), 7–16
(G) Luke 10:1–11, 16–20

Old American Songs, Set 2: Zion’s Walls – American Traditional / American Traditional, lyricist /
Aaron Copland, arranger / Glenn Koponen, arranger (1R, G)
Massed Choirs from 2012 St. Olaf Choral Festival: Northfield, MN / Anton Armstrong
(CD) Sing For Joy Archives / ST. OLAF COLLEGE / Not For Resale
© St. Olaf College www.stolaf.edu

Comfort, Comfort Now My People (GENEVAN 42 or FREU DICH SEHR) – Genevan Psalter /
Johann G. Olearius, lyricist / John Ferguson, arranger / Catherine Winkworth, translator (1R)
Massed Choirs of St. Olaf College: Northfield, MN / The St. Olaf Orchestra / John Ferguson
(CD) O Come to Us, Abide in Us, Our Lord Immanuel / ST. OLAF RECORDS / E-2838/9
© 2006 St. Olaf Records www.stolafrecords.com

I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray – African American Spiritual / Melanie Marshall, arranger (2R)
Willard White, bass / Graeme McNaught, accompanist
(CD) Copland: Old American Songs / MUSICAL HERITAGE SOCIETY / 515064W
© 1998 Musical Heritage Society

In the Cross of Christ I Glory (CROSS OF JESUS) – Sir John Stainer / Sir John Bowring, lyricist /
Catherine M. Palmer, arranger (2R)
Choir of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church / Ronald S. Jordan, accompanist / Catherine M. Palmer
(CD) The Joy of God / MARQUIS CLASSICS / ERAD 175
© 1996 Marquis Classics www.marquisclassics.com

Beneath the Cross of Jesus (ST. CHRISTOPHER) – Frederick C. Maker /
Elizabeth C. Clephane, lyricist (2R)
The Riverton Singers / Irmgard Baerg, accompanist / William Baerg
(CD) These Our Hymns / RIVERTON PRODUCTIONS / RP1200CD
© Riverton Productions

There is a Balm in Gilead (BALM IN GILEAD) – African American Spiritual /
William L. Dawson, arranger (1R)
The St. Olaf Choir: Northfield, MN / Anton Armstrong
(CD) The Spirituals of William L. Dawson / ST. OLAF RECORDS / E-2159
© 1997 St. Olaf Records www.stolafrecords.com

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (PRAISE MY SOUL) – Sir John Goss / Henry F. Lyte, lyricist /
Stephen Cleobury, arranger (1R)
The Choir of King’s College / The Wallace Collection, ensemble / Benjamin Bayl, accompanist /
Stephen Cleobury
(CD) Best Loved Hymns / EMI (ANGEL, EMI CLASSICS, EMI RECORDS, LTD) / 7243 5 57026 2 3
© 2001 EMI (Angel, EMI Classics, EMI Records, Ltd) www.warnerclassics.com

Lord, If I Got My Ticket – African American Spiritual / Alice Parker, arranger / Robert Shaw, arranger (G)
Robert Shaw Festival Singers / Robert Shaw
(CD) Amazing Grace: American Hymns & Spirituals / TELARC / CD-80325
© 1993 Telarc, Concord Music Group www.telarc.com

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July 10, 2016

Time After Pentecost — Lectionary 15 (Year C)

(1R) Deuteronomy 30:9–14
(PS) Psalm 25:1–10
(2R) Colossians 1:1–14
(G) Luke 10:25–37

The Great Commandment – Ralph M. Johnson (G)
Calvin College Alumni Choir: Grand Rapids, MI / Kevin Bylsma, accompanist / Anton Armstrong
(CD) Salvation is Created / CALVIN COLLEGE / CD 2
© 1989 Calvin College www.calvin.edu

Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart (MORECAMBE) – Frederick C. Atkinson / George Croly, lyricist / Robert Berglund, arranger (G)
The Bethel Choir: St. Paul, MN / Robert Berglund
(CD) It is Good to be Merry / BETHEL COLLEGE / E-1865
© 1991 Bethel College
www.bethel.edu

Humble Service (BEACH SPRING and WONDROUS LOVE) – William Walker / The Sacred Harp /
American Folk Hymn, lyricist / Albert F. Bayly, lyricist / Larry L. Fleming, arranger (G)
The National Lutheran Choir: Minneapolis, MN / Larry L. Fleming
(CD) The People’s Song / NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR RECORDINGS / NLCA-12
© National Lutheran Choir Recordings
www.nlca.com

Teach Me, O Lord – Thomas Attwood (PS)
The Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral: London, United Kingdom / John Scott
(CD) The English Anthem Volume 4 / HYPERION / CDA66678
© 1994 Hyperion, Hyperion Records Limited www.hyperion-records.co.uk

More Love – Shaker Tune / Sidney Davis, arranger (2R)
Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum: Omaha, NE / Almeda Berkey
(CD) Arma Lucis / SDG RECORDS / SDGCD 89
© 1989 SDG Records

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling – Ned Rorem / Charles Wesley, lyricist (G)
The Memphis Chamber Choir: Memphis, TN / John Ayer
(CD) Shout the Glad Tidings / PRO ORGANO / CD 7037
© 1992 Pro Organo www.proorgano.com

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (BLAENWERN) – William Rowlands / Charles Wesley, lyricist (G)
The Choir of St. John’s College / Allan Walker, accompanist / Christopher Robinson
(CD) Let All The World in Every Corner Sing: Hymns for Many Occasions / LINDENBERG / LBCD 58
© 1996 Lindenberg

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"Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown."

-Charles Wesley

July 17, 2016

Time After Pentecost — Lectionary 16 (Year C)

(1R) Genesis 18:1–10a
(PS) Psalm 15
(2R) Colossians 1:15–28
(G) Luke 10:38–42

Brethren, We Have Met to Worship (HOLY MANNA) – William Moore / George Atkins, lyricist /
Alice Parker, arranger (G)
Musicians of Melodious Accord / Alice Parker
(CD) Sweet Manna / GIA PUBLICATIONS / GIA CD-434
© 1999 GIA Publications www.giamusic.com

Blessed Jesus, At Your Word (LIEBSTER JESU) – Johann Rudolph Ahle / Tobias Clausnitzer, lyricist / Catherine Winkworth, translator (G)
Cantus Choro / Geoffrey Cox, accompanist / Peter Chapman
(CD) Songs and Praises / MOVE RECORDS / MD3142
© 1992 Move Records www.move.com.au

I Love to Hear the Story – Swedish Folk Tune / Emily H. Miller, lyricist / Karle Erickson, arranger (G)
The Gustavus Choir: St. Peter, MN / Karle Erickson
(CD) Favorite Swedish Hymns / DELTA RECORDINGS / DRCD91-131
© Delta Recordings

Jesu, The Very Thought of Thee (ST. BOTOLPH) – Gordon Slater / Bernard of Clairvaux, lyricist /
Rev. Edward Caswall, translator (G)
Choir of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church / Ronald S. Jordan, accompanist / Catherine M. Palmer
(CD) The Joy of God / MARQUIS CLASSICS / ERAD 175
© 1996 Marquis Classics www.marquisclassics.com

Day by Day (BLOTT EN DAG) – Oskar Ahnfelt / Carolina V. Sandell-Berg, lyricist / Mark Hayes, arranger (G)
St. Olaf Cantorei: Northfield, MN / James Bobb
(CD) Sing For Joy Archives / ST. OLAF COLLEGE / Not For Resale
© St. Olaf College stolaf.edu

O God, You Search Me and You Know Me – Bernadette Farrell / Bernadette Farrell, lyricist (2R)
The Choir of Wells Cathedral / Malcolm Archer
(CD) The English Hymn, Vol. 5: Lead, kindly Light: Hymns of Faith and Assurance / HYPERION / CDP12105
© 2004 Hyperion, Hyperion Records Limited www.hyperion-records.co.uk

Thee Will I Love – Kenneth Jennings / Johann Scheffler, lyricist / Catherine Winkworth, translator (G)
The National Lutheran Choir: Minneapolis, MN / Larry L. Fleming
(CD) A New Song / NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR RECORDINGS / NLCA-92
© National Lutheran Choir Recordings www.nlca.com

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"Whether the heart longs for home, or hope, or peace, music helps the heart to pray."
-Pastor Bruce Benson

July 24, 2016

Time After Pentecost — Lectionary 17 (Year C)

(1R) Genesis 18:20–32
(PS) Psalm 138
(2R) Colossians 2:6–15, (16–19)
(G) Luke 11:1–13

The Lord’s Prayer – Max Saunders (G)
Florence Quivar, mezzo-soprano / Larry Woodard, piano
(CD) Ride On, King Jesus! / EMI (ANGEL, EMI CLASSICS, EMI RECORDS, LTD) / CDC 7 49885 2
© 1990 EMI (Angel, EMI Classics, EMI Records, Ltd) www.warnerclassics.com

The Lord’s Prayer – Robert Stone (G)
The Cambridge Singers / John Rutter
(CD) Hail, Gladdening Light / COLLEGIUM RECORDS / COLCD 113
© 1990 Collegium Records, Naxos of America, Inc. www.collegium.co.uk

The Lord’s Prayer – Albert Hay Malotte (G)
St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys: New York, NY / Leontyne Price, soprano /
George Decker, accompanist / William Self
(CD) The Essential Leontyne Price: Spirituals, Hymns, & Sacred Songs / RCA VICTOR / 09026-68157-2
© 1997 RCA Victor

In Terra Pax: Notre Père – Frank Martin (G)
Brighton Festival Chorus / The London Philharmonic / Matthias Bamert
(CD) Martin: The Four Elements / In Terra Pax / CHANDOS / CHAN 9465
© 1996 Chandos www.chandos.net

Pater noster – Charles Villiers Stanford (G)
The Choir of the Abbey School: Tewkesbury, England / Benjamin Nicholas
(CD) Pater Noster: Settings of the Lord’s Prayer / PRIORY RECORDS, LTD. / PRCD 787
© 2003 Priory Records, Ltd. www.priory.org.uk

Notre Père – Maurice Duruflé (G)
Voices of Ascension: New York, NY / Mark Kruczek, accompanist / Dennis Keene
(CD) The Duruflé Album / DELOS / DE 3169
© 1995 Delos, Delos Productions, Inc.
www.delosmusic.com

Our Father, Op. 29, No. 11 – Alexandr Grechaninov (G)
The St. Olaf Choir: Northfield, MN / Anton Armstrong
(CD) My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord / ST. OLAF RECORDS / E-2396
© 2001 St. Olaf Records
www.stolafrecords.com

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"Gratitude is a way of responding, but also a way of seeing life and the world. It comes from a certain kind of vision. Music, meant for the ears, can encourage and inspire that sort of vision."
-Pastor Bruce Benson

July 31, 2016

Time After Pentecost — Lectionary 18 (Year C)

(1R) Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12–14; 2:18–23
(PS) Psalm 49:1–12
(2R) Colossians 3:1–11
(G) Luke 12:13–21

All My Hope on God is Founded (MICHAEL) – Herbert Howells / Robert Bridges, lyricist /
Christopher Palmer, arranger (G)
The Choir of King’s College / The Wallace Collection, ensemble / Benjamin Bayl, accompanist /
Stephen Cleobury
(CD) Best Loved Hymns / EMI (ANGEL, EMI CLASSICS, EMI RECORDS, LTD) / 7243 5 57026 2 3
© 2001 EMI (Angel, EMI Classics, EMI Records, Ltd) www.warnerclassics.com

Praise God (TANDENEI) – Carnatic Tamil / Vedamuthu Masillamony, lyricist /
Larry L. Fleming, arranger (1R, G)
The National Lutheran Choir: Minneapolis, MN / Larry L. Fleming
(CD) Trinity / NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR RECORDINGS / NLCA-22
© National Lutheran Choir Recordings
www.nlca.com

Be Thou My Vision (SLANE) – Irish Traditional / Irish Traditional, lyricist / John Ferguson, arranger (2R)
St. Olaf Cantorei: Northfield, MN / John Ferguson
(CD) The Green Season: A Sing For Joy Hymn Festival / PACIFIC RIM SOUND / PRS 08005
© 2007 Pacific Rim Sound www.pacificrimsound.com

If Ye Be Risen Again with Christ – Orlando Gibbons (2R)
Chancel Choir of the Church of the Incarnation: Dallas, TX / Kevin M. Clarke
(CD) The Glory of Gibbons / PRO ORGANO / CD 7062
© 1998 Pro Organo www.proorgano.com

Come Away to the Skies – American Folk Tune / Charles Wesley, lyricist / Alice Parker, arranger /
Robert Shaw, arranger (2R, G)
Robert Shaw Festival Singers / Robert Shaw
(CD) Amazing Grace: American Hymns & Spirituals / TELARC / CD-80325
© 1993 Telarc, Concord Music Group www.telarc.com

All Praise to Thee, My God This Night (Glory to Thee, My God This Night) (TALLIS CANON) –
Thomas Tallis / Thomas Ken, lyricist (G)
The Westminster Choir: Princeton, NJ / Joan Lippincott, organ / Joseph Flummerfelt
(CD) Favorite Hymns And Anthems / GOTHIC / G 49044
© 1990 Gothic, Gothic Records, Inc. www.gothicrecords.com

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