By: Nick Perkins
Why do we fall? It’s a question that scholars have been trying to find the answer to for centuries.
We lose jobs, end relationships, witness the passing of loved ones. We all have found ourselves at rock bottom and have needed a hand to help pull us up. We all stumble, we all falter, we all fail. We all fall, but who do we turn to, what do we do when we feel can’t seem to stop falling?
That is a question that the men and women who are producing The Uprising Music Festival hope to answer. On August 10th, at The David Street Station, there will be a community-wide day of worship and conversation, featuring national musical acts like Matt Maher, Carmen Justice and The Color, as well as local worship teams. The event will also feature various speakers sharing their story and hearing the stories of others.
Tom Grogan, a history teacher and football coach at Natrona County High School and one of the producers of The Uprising, says that this event is one designed to bring people of all denominations, all beliefs really, together for a day of worship, fellowship and encouragement.
“The Uprising was founded on the idea of community worship,” Grogan says. “There are very few opportunities for the church community in Casper (and Wyoming) to rally around each other, build each other up, and grow together as Christians.”
The decision to hold the event at David Street Station just speaks to the versatility of the plaza. As a beacon for The District, David Street Station plays host to a number of community-wide events. From movie nights, to concert series, splash pads to skating rinks, The David Street Station acts as a resource for the city and all of its events. It’s used as a way to bring people together, which is exactly why those in charge of The Uprising thought it would be the perfect venue for their event.
“We are very excited to be hosting this event at the David Street location,” Grogan says. “Not only is Casper a central city for all Wyoming citizens traveling, but downtown Casper has been rejuvenated and revitalized, making events like The Uprising a draw and a great opportunity to connect.”
And really, that’s all The Uprising wants to do- help people connect. There will be no talks of fire and brimstone, sinners and saints (here’s the trick- we’re all both, depending on the day). The Uprising will focus on lifting each other up; not just fellow Christians, but everybody who might need a little uplifting.
“We firmly believe that growth, in any facet, is necessary on an individual and communal level,” Grogan states. “It’s important to have opportunities to grow in both arenas. We are very excited to provide a great music festival, but also a number of short teaching lessons and testimonies to promote personal growth. We want to equip families with practical applications for marriage and parenting, challenge leaders to be better, and foster deeper relationships. This year, The Uprising has a little different feel than previous years. The underlying theme is “RISE UP” and the call-to-action is intended to promote continuous reflection and thought long after The Uprising is over.”
God is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The Uprising isn’t designed to tell people what God is. It’s designed to show people who God is. It is a festival that was created to show that God is not here to knock us down, but to help us rise up.
So then- why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.
The Uprising Festival will be held at the David Street Station on Saturday, August 10th, from 12pm-10pm. It is a free event for the community. For more information, visit The Uprising Facebook page.