Where We Worship: St. Luke’s Episcopal

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s was originally at the corner of Fourth and Scammel streets when the church building was built in 1833.

Rev. David Ruppe said the parish was formed in the late 1820s.

It was founded by Arius Nye, who was the son and grandson to the original settlers in Marietta. On Jan. 1, 1826, a handwritten statement was signed by Nye and others, organizing St. Luke’s as a parish of the Episcopal Church.

Ruppe said from 1850 to 1900, Reverend John Boyd served as the rector of the church.

“He spent 50 years in this parish; he is definitely the longest serving (rector),” he said.

Ruppe said the original church building was sold to St. Luke’s Lutheran and the new building, the current church building, at 320 Second St., was built in 1856. It is one of the oldest churches in Marietta.

Jim Peebles, 72, of Devola, has been going to St. Luke’s for 12 years. He said while the original part of the church was built in 1856, it’s had some add-ons.

“(The addition at the back) was put on in 1963,” he said.

Ruppe said the interior of the church has changed over the years, including the addition of a rood screen.

“It was not a part of the original interior,” he said, adding, “It’s an old English word for cross. It’s called that because there’s a cross on top.”

Ruppe said the rood screen was put up sometime between 1893 and 1905. He said the screen helps to separate the chancel, the space around the altar, from the nave, where the people would come to worship.

During Communion, St. Luke’s will prepare the sacrament for those who aren’t attending church that day, said Ruppe.

“We’re a sacramental church,” he said. “We take communion to people who can’t make it to church.”

That includes those who are ill at home or even at the hospital, he said.

Peebles added that in the parish hall, free dinners are served each month.

“We have a community dinner once a month,” he said. “The second Sunday of the month, we deliver door-to-door meals. Harvest of Hope, we participate with them. We prepare, cook and deliver the food to people who can use it.”