thriller1 300CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (10/15/13) – Have you ever seen a pastor preach from the coffin? If that sounds strange and eerie to you, then open your mind and see the Living Word Church production called 'Thriller-Dancing on the Devil's Grave'.

October 28th through Halloween night, The Living Word Church, at 320 Phillip Stone Way in Central City, presents what some may, at first glance, consider unusual.
 
That said, according to co-directors Beth Brown and Dana Waller, "Thriller" drew overflowing crowds last year that topped out at 1000, with such a response that additional shows had to be added due to the massive attendance, and, most importantly, this unique production, which includes a message from Pastor Enoch David Rich, resulting in over 150 people giving their lives to Christ.
 
"The cast ranges from ages 8 to 60. It starts out in a Haunted Mansion and then after the musical productions, the pastor is brought in within a coffin to give the message." Waller said.
 
"Basically, we're just trying to make church cool and awesome, and relevant to today. The pastor's main message is there is hope. You don't have to receive the death that's all around you. There is hope in Jesus." Brown added.
 
Now in its third season, "Thriller" includes a cast and crew of 50, including a live band, special effects and state of the art lighting and audio.
 
Pastor Enoch Rich explained, "The way 'Thriller' came about was from an idea I had. Halloween has become such a huge holiday, which focuses around ghosts, spirits, the supernatural evil, demons and things that scare you. We're preaching about God and doing what is good while Halloween is seen as evil. But, if you think about it, there is no better book than the Bible that has all the information about the supernatural. Preachers' themes are generally talking about Heaven, Hell, spirits, and this sort of thing. I had this concept for a Halloween message, where I would preach from inside the coffin, as if I was remembering my life. Which is not out of the ordinary, but yes, preaching from the coffin is definitely different. And since I was going to preach from a coffin, we decided that maybe we could make it more dramatic with pallbearers bringing me in."

thriller1 500 

Rich said the basic idea just grew and grew.  Rich admits that even he was surprised that "Thriller" became such a hit.
 
"It was such a hit, that we did it again, and built it up, with 18th century sets, costumes, actors, and singers. We use the song 'Thriller' in the text of good versus evil. It's basically an off-Broadway type production of what is an old sermon theme that has been used a lot. Heaven and Hell. The Devil and God, and the battle between these forces. We've just made it into a highly professional production, and I try to preach what is a very good message. But it's very entertaining. People will laugh at parts, cry at parts, it's just a top notch production." he added.
 
And was Pastor Enoch surprised at all by the response, with over a thousand attending, and so many people saved?
 
"That was definitely a pleasant surprise. We had no idea we'd see that type of success. We were just trying to tap into where peoples' minds were during Halloween. What we found out was, people who are not necessarily church going were intrigued by what we were doing, and the entertainment value of it. But when they would attend, they would be moved by the message behind it. It just so happened that we tapped into something that's wildly popular now. We were doing our best to make church a place to go on Halloween. It's not a mystery why people would be intrigued by death, life, spirits... that's not out of the ordinary. Halloween has historically just focused on the darker forces. In 'Thriller' we focus on both, but good, God triumphs over evil.
 
"We believe God gave us a way to do this,” the Pastor continued. “The message comes across. Everybody enjoys this production. If a church going person asks 'Why are they doing this, if they come to see it, it makes perfect sense to any Christian. It is out of the ordinary, it is cutting edge. And it makes it relevant to non-church members. We've just peaked peoples' interest. How do you get non-church members in? They don't go away saying, ‘that was a good little church play'. They go away saying, 'Wow, that was good. They feel it just as if they went to an off-Broadway play. As a minister, I pray God anoints it. I hope the word spreads, and we can reach that place where the amount of people will be increased a lot. And the main goal is that they will hear the Word of God and be moved by it.” Pastor Enoch concluded.
 
Due to limited seating, advance tickets are recommended. Admission is $3.00, and tickets are available at the Central City Tourism office on N. 1st Street in Central City, or by calling 270 754 5108.
 
Paul McRee
SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14

In Other News...

Owensboro Health's Harvest Market Opens June 3

OWENSBORO, Ky. (6/1/15) — For the second consecutive year, Owensboro Health will present Harvest Market, a weekly event… Read More

Survivors, Caregivers, Supporters Gather for Redneck Relay

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY. (05/31/15) — Hopkins County Redneck Relay took place on Friday, May 29 at Hopkins County Central… Read More

Most Read This Week

May 27, 2015 7347

VIDEO: Sparks Fly Over Hanson Rezoning Issue

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 30, 2015 6651

Study of Virus Attack on Cancer Sees Success

by Julie Heflin
May 28, 2015 6450

Four Charged with Burglary for Entering Elderly…

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 4196

Midnight Ride on Rabbit Ridge Ends in Jail

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 3989

Mandarin House Gearing Up to Open Soon

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 11265

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 9029

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 31, 2015 1320

Hot Button Item Draws Hanson Crowd to Zoning,…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 30, 2015 1232

Rods for Relay Raises Funds for ACS Relay for Life

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 1183

YMCA Summer Food Service Program

by Kelly Forbes
May 31, 2015 1019

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 969

Survivors, Caregivers, Supporters Gather for…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 917

Authorities Discover Meth Lab While Assisting…

by SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 748

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 730

Hopkins County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
May 30, 2015 700

Whitfield Announces Congressional Art Contest…

by Ed Whitfield
May 31, 2015 627

LG&E and KU Unveil New Outage Texting Option…

by LG&E and KU News