Rolling of Scrolls at Victory Temple

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.

Although they may be gone, they are not forgotten.



* Pastor: Dr. LaShon Young

* Location: 908 SE Williston Road

* Services: Sunday morning worship, 10 a.m., evening worship 6 p.m. Bible study is 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday Night Manna, 7 p.m. Thursday.

* Phone: 352-377-4944

The deceased persons named during the Rolling of the Scrolls service Sunday afternoon at Victory Temple Ministries were celebrated through praise dancing, poetry, singing and the word of God.

Eunice Davis of Westside Church of God in Christ presided over the service, which was held to pay homage to more than 100 deceased residents from the community, including former members of the church, loved ones and friends of church members. The list of names also included Superintendent Dr. Aaron S. Young Sr., founder of the church, who died in 2007, and local historian Joel Buchanan and former Alachua County Tax Collector Von Fraser, both of whom died earlier this year.

"They told me this was not going to be a funeral service, so we are going to turn it into a celebration," said Davis, as she opened the service.

The service featured the reading of the names on the scroll, which were read by Barbara Austin, Nicole Larry, Ariana Young, all of Victory Temple. The scriptures, which all came from Revelation, were read by Rose Agnew, Jasmyn Solomon, Deacon James Stokes and Austin Young, also of Victory Temple, and Deacon Joel Decoursey of St. Paul Baptist Church in LaCrosse.

The energy in the service reached its highest point when two teen members of the church, Jaylin Chambers and Jemeah Seabrooks, performed a praise dance to "He Turned It" by Tye Tribbett. Dressed in purple and white robes, the duo took the service to another level when they began to do a dance that is common in black churches. With their elbows stretched perpendicular to their bodies and flapping like birds do their wings, the duo picked up and put down their feet in a fast-paced frenzy, similar to running in place.

They were joined by parishioners in the back rows of the pews and in the aisles, the musicians and Dr. LaShon Young, pastor of the church, who was in the pulpit.

Jaylin and Jemeah received a thunderous ovation at the end of their performance, as they danced down the aisles and out of the sanctuary. However, they returned to the sanctuary when the musicians started playing after the CD stopped.

The service was so emotional that Leon Young, a popular area gospel singer and member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Archer, began to cry as John Wilson of Hopewell Baptist Church in Micanopy sang "I Pray We All Be Ready." Leon Young, who was singing background during the song, was comforted by Barbara Dukes of Westside COGIC, who left her seat in the pews to put her arm around Young while taking the microphone out of his hand.

The service also featured Melinda Grimmage of Victory Temple reciting her original poem, "The Sands of Time," and Sherry Flagg of Westside COGIC reciting her original poem, "Wandering Down the Path of Life."

After reciting her poem, Flagg left parishioners with a few words of wisdom.

"In your walk with Jesus, the shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the same distance between your knees and the floor," she said. "When you can kneel to the Father, you can stand up to anything."

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