By Reggie Ramos
A question that I’ve been pondering for the past year and a half while serving in worship at Wellspring has been “What is worship supposed to look like at Wellspring?” I still don’t know the full answer to that question, but part of the answer came from an unexpected place: The Gilmore Girls.
Now, if you’re unfamiliar with The Gilmore Girls, it was a television show about the relationship between a single mom and her daughter that ran for seven seasons from 2000-2007. And I have to confess, I am a fan. I’ve seen every episode. Multiple times.
For some of you, upon hearing that you’ve lost whatever respect you had for me, because there are not that many male fans of the show. But hear me out.
For the first five years of marriage, my wife and I did not have children, so during those early years, many of our quiet evenings at home were spent watching TV together. Sometimes I would choose, and sometimes she would choose. And at that time she really got into The Gilmore Girls. At first I didn’t get the show, and it became a divisive issue. But it was our time together. And out of my commitment to her, I would stay. And watch. And over the course of time, I found the characters growing on me. And I was seeing how clever the dialogue was. And I became a fan. But it started with my love for my wife.
Back to Wellspring worship. What direction are we going? We’re still seeking the Lord about that, as we reflect on bringing together the strengths of each legacy congregation with the fresh input God has brought to us through new people. But we have become such a diverse congregation culturally and generationally, that there are bound to be worship expressions or experiences that would be not your first choice. Rather than see that as a loss, could we, out of love for the other, see it as an opportunity to grow in an unexpected way?