The role that music plays in the context of worship—the instrumentation and singing of songs, is simply more than just listening to and singing songs before and after a sermon each Sunday. The content that we sing plays a critical role in forming, shaping, expressing, and responding to what we believe. Music serves as an important component of worship, but is not meant to “produce” worship itself. We should sing with our spirit, but also sing with our mind (1 Corinthians 14:15). Thus, we believe that the Gospel must be of utmost importance when leading and teaching the “gathered” church. This involves the active recognition of God’s holiness and our sinfulness, repentance that leads to the assurance of our salvation in Christ Jesus, and the restoration of new lives that are transformed to serve Him faithfully. To be Gospel-centered is to be renewed as idols are challenged and shattered so that we can acknowledge the only true God of our lives.
There is an ever-growing need for worship music that engages, not only the “feelings” or expressions of the worshipper, but one that places great emphasis on the truth and direction with which it leads. We believe that God calls us to make disciples for the Kingdom—which directs us to feed, lead, care for, and protect the church (Matthew 28:19). Therefore, the Scripture-based truths that are sung in congregational worship are an essential component of teaching and shaping our beliefs. Many of the “unchurched”, perhaps, even those among the “churched”, have an inaccurate or incomplete understanding of the Gospel. At Metro Presbyterian Church, our aim and purpose in worship is to explain what the Gospel is, what it accomplishes, and ultimately that “we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another (2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV).”
In a city that is largely defined by its respect, creativity, and passion for music, there is an equally tremendous value that is placed on the quality and skillfulness of music in worship at Metro. Psalm 33:3 reminds us to “sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” It is our vision to combine Gospel-centered and theologically rich lyrics with excellent and culturally-relevant music by incorporating both traditional (hymns and prayers) and contemporary styles of worship.