Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Feeling Resistant?

So, in the last few months I've been contemplating how the work for justice is a long road to walk. This new song, "We'll All Stand Together," is about keeping faith along the way.

I want this song to be an encouragement, and I want people to have it and to sing it, so if you already have a hymnal and you want this one, I'll send the sheet music to you free - just e-mail me at thenewbluegrasshymnal (at) before Ash Wednesday. And if you don't have a hymnal yet, but get one before Ash Wednesday this year, I'll include this as a bonus song as well. Thanks for listening! Let's sing together.

Friday, December 9, 2016

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

This last Sunday at church I shared a new version of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is a prayer for peace and for renewed trust in God's love for us. 

I think the new tune gives the song a fresh meaning. See what you think.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Mighty Fortress

Last year a pastor friend of mine posted a challenge in one of our online clergy groups - did anybody have a bluegrass version of A Mighty Fortress is Our God? I didn't, but I had been learning a tune, "Down in the Willow Garden," that I thought just might fit. Well, here it is, one of the songs in the New Bluegrass Hymnal - a new setting with mildly revised lyrics that opens up this traditional hymn of faith and trust in a whole new way. Enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Now with WORDS!

Okay, The New Bluegrass Hymnal has words in it already - of course! 

However, like with any sheet music, the words are embedded in the pdf file and that means that if you just want to print the words in your bulletin or Powerpoint, you have to retype them. But! I've been using these songs in powerpoint presentations for 4+ years now, so I already have them typed out. I put them in Word format for easy cutting and pasting.

Do yourself or your office staff a favor by getting them from me when you get your hymnal. Check out your options:
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Wonders of Your Love: the six:eight string band

Enjoy this video of me, Luke & Alex doing one of the songs from the Hymnal: Wonders of Your Love. This one is based on Psalm 139 and is set to a classic bluegrass tune. Thanks!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Okay, here's how to get your copy!

I am so excited to be able to offer this hymnal to churches that are looking for good music and good theology!

Here is the deal: buying a copy gives your church the rights to make as many copies as you need for singing together in worship. If another church or setting (denomination meeting, etc.) would like to use the music, please ask them to pay for their own copy. (It's also possible to get a song at a time -

Like with CCLI, I am asking larger churches to pay more, since more people will be singing - basically, one copy's worth for each 100 people you average in worship. If you have more than 300 people in worship on a weekend, let's talk: TheNewBluegrassHymnal (at) gmail (dot) com.

Last thing: I'll send you the hymnal in pdf format, so don't forget to give me your e-mail address. If you'd like a hard copy, please include $12 for shipping and handling and please make sure I have your address when you pay. If you'd like a pdf file in addition to the hard copy, please include a note to me in the "instructions to the seller."

Payments can be made by Paypal, below:

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Or, mail a check made out to Amy Sens to: 2002 Grinnalds Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Thanks so much for your support!!!