July 19, 2020 - #4740 Music & the Spoken Word

The Music & the Spoken Word broadcast airs live via TV, radio, and internet stream on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. mountain time. For information on other airtimes, visit “Airing Schedules” at

This is a new program of previously recorded music, interviews and a new Spoken Word message.  The Choir and Orchestra continue to practice social distancing in observance of COVID-19 health guidelines.


“I Think the World Is Glorious”1
Music: Alexander Schreiner
Lyrics: Anna Johnson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Morning Has Broken”2
Music: Gaelic melody
Lyrics: Eleanor Farjeon
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Softly and Tenderly"3
Music and Lyrics: Will L. Thompson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Standing on the Promises”4
Music and Lyrics: Russell K. Carter
Arrangement: Ryan Murphy

“Norwegian Rustic March” (organ solo)
Music: Edvard Grieg
Arrangement: Richard Elliott

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”5
Music: American folk melody
Lyrics: Robert Robinson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CD Teach Me to Walk in the Light The Missionary Collection
  2. On the CD Consider the Lilies.
  3. On the CD America's Choir and in the CD set Anniversary Collection.
  4. On the CD Let Us All Press On.
  5. On the CD Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.


The Spoken Word

This Day and Always

When The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square first began singing, not long after the wagon wheels came to a stop in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in 1847, there was more sagebrush than people in the listening audience. Now, that same choir produces the world’s longest-running continuous network broadcast—carried on more than 2,000 media stations and heard by millions of people each week. 

That program, Music & the Spoken Word, has now completed celebrations of 90 years on the air. In the world of broadcasting, such longevity is almost unheard of. Popular taste in media programming changes so quickly. The media itself has changed too—from crystal radio sets to 5.1 surround sound, from black-and-white to high definition, from vacuum tubes to YouTube.

But other things never change. No matter where or when we live, we all need hope and faith. We all need to be encouraged, uplifted, and inspired. We have always needed that.

It has become popular lately to talk about unprecedented times. And while it’s true that many challenges we face today are unfamiliar to us, there’s also comfort in knowing that similar challenges have been faced—and overcome—in the past. 

That’s part of the value of something that has endured for over 90 years. The Tabernacle Choir and Music &the Spoken Word have seen us through decades of peace and war, prosperity, and poverty. Every week for nine decades, people have tuned in and found a trusted friend. They have found, again and again, a respite from worldly cares, a beacon of hope. The music and messages that have comforted troubled hearts, offered inspiration, and increased faith since 1929 continue to do so today.

As long as people need hope and beauty in the world, the Choir will continue to sing. As long as people seek peace and joy, we will raise our voices in praises to God. Knowing how much the world needs peace—how much we’ve always needed peace—we offer today the same invitation and benediction that we offer every Sunday: “May peace be with you … this day and always.”