June 23, 2024 - On This Day of Joy and Gladness


Conductors: Mack Wilberg

Organist: Andrew Unsworth

Announcer: Derrick Porter

“Praise the Lord, Ye Heav’ns Adore Him”
Music: William Moore
Lyrics: Psalm 148
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Lord, through Changing Days, Unchanging”
Music: Henry Smart
Lyrics: Walter Russell Bowie
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Processional in E-flat Major” (organ solo)
Music: David N. Johnson

“Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”
Music: John B. Dykes
Lyrics: Bernard of Clairvaux
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Look at the World”
Music and Lyrics: John Rutter

“On This Day of Joy and Gladness”
Music and Lyrics: Leroy J. Robertson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Redeemer of Israel”
Music: Freeman Lewis
Lyrics: William W. Phelps
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

The Spoken Word

On This Day of Joy and Gladness

June 23, 2024
By Derrick Porter

Hello. Welcome to Music & the Spoken Word . I’m Derrick Porter.

More than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ called His apostles to share the glad tidings of His gospel. Their ministry brought joy to people’s hearts. Their teaching instilled hope and fostered peace.

Over the past century, The Tabernacle Choir has embraced similar purposes in its weekly Music & the Spoken Word broadcast. For a third of that time, Lloyd Newell has given and been the primary writer of the program’s Spoken Word messages. Now, he and his wife are stepping into a new role as missionary leaders for the Choir’s sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On behalf of listeners everywhere, I express gratitude to you, Lloyd, for your 34 years of inspiring service.

At the invitation of President Russell M. Nelson, president of the Church, I am humbled by the privilege of standing in this place and sharing the Spoken Word each week. My face and voice will be different from Lloyd Newell’s, but the music, the messages, and the spirit of this broadcast will continue to bring joy, hope, and peace.

I pray to be equal to this unique opportunity. As I begin this new season of service, I recognize that sharing spiritual messages requires something more than my professional experience. It requires a personal connection to the words both spoken and sung.

I have felt that connection as my wife and I have gathered our children to hear the Choir and Orchestra. I’ve also experienced it whenever I have brought guests to this broadcast. When the Choir sings a final song for the live audience after the broadcast, “God Be with You till We Meet Again,” these friends often comment about the connection they feel to their families, to their communities, and above all, to the divine.

That connection brings us the greatest joy of all. President Nelson has said, “Joy … has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.” When we focus on Jesus Christ and His teachings, he continued, “we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives. Joy comes from and because of [Jesus Christ]. He is the source of all joy.”[1]

We all rejoice that the music and messages of this program can deepen our connection with Him and with each other. On this day of joy and gladness, may the song in our hearts echo the singing of the Choir: “Alleluia, alleluia, bright and clear our voices ring, Singing songs of exultation to our Maker, Lord, and King. "[2]

CHOIR: “On This Day of Joy and Gladness”

On this day of joy and gladness,

Lord, we praise thy holy name;

In this sacred place of worship,

We thy glories loud proclaim!


Alleluia, Alleluia,

Bright and clear our voices ring,

Singing songs of exultation

To our Maker, Lord, and King!

Open wide the fount of Zion;

Let her richest blessings flow

To the Saints who nobly serve thee

In the gospel here below.


May we labor in the kingdom—

By the prophets long foretold—

Where the children of the promise

Shall be gathered in the fold.


[1] Russell M. Nelson, “Joy and Spiritual Survival,” Ensign or Liahona , Nov. 2016, 82.

[2] Leroy J. Robertson, “On This Day of Joy and Gladness,” Hymns , no. 64.