For the seventh straight year, a group of local Christians is working to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and the importance of Good Friday — and this time they have some extra help.
Musician Bryan Watt of Thomasville will be playing songs prior to the trial and crucifixion reenactment to prepare the crowd for “Thank God For Good Friday” (TGFGF). The event will start Friday at 6 p.m. at the Thomasville Exchange Club Fairgrounds.
“I was asked to come out and play a few songs to set the tone for the event,” said Watt. Dana King also of Thomasville will accompanying Watt on some of the songs.
“Love Came Down” by Kari Jobe and “In Christ Alone” by Keith and Kristyn Getty are songs planned for the occasion.
Watt explained why he chose to do these two songs.
He said, “The song ‘Love Came Down’ talks about how love can rescue us in our darkest time and during our greatest time. Then the song ‘In Christ Alone,’ we see the foundation of Christian faith. It’s about finding strength. This is one of the songs that I see as a congregational and encourage everyone to join in.”
Watt believes it is important to use music to point people to Jesus.
“It’s a real honor to be asked to be a part of this event,” he said.
This is Watt’s first time being involved in the program. He attended the event for the past two years and discovered it to be a very powerful experience.
He said, “It’s really amazing seeing locals play these parts. There’s always a good turnout and the most powerful moment is to see the people’s expression when they are raising the cross that highlights an event that happened over 2,000 years ago to our Savior.”
Watt believes the reenactment is important to awaken the community. He compared the event to a sermon he once heard regarding Christians.
“The sermon started out by talking about how Christians are like people who wake up and hit the snooze button to their alarm clocks. It’s easy for Christians to hear, but hit the snooze button,” said Watt.
He continued, “It’s not just a storybook tale. The reenactment will help the faith of believers and tell the story to unbelievers — and lead them to believing. It impacts both Christians and non-Christians.”
TGFGF is family oriented and everyone is invited to attend and even participate, according to John Doane, the publicity person for the event. However, parts of the reenactment may not be suitable for younger children
For those who wish to participatet, they should report to the fairgrounds on Thursday at 4:45 p.m.
Doane said, “Everyone is invited to participate. It doesn’t matter what church you go to. Everyone is welcome.”
He also suggested audience members bring a chair, blanket, drink and snack for the performance.
Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.