Members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church turned the clock back 152 years on Sunday.
Their church was consecrated on May 27, 1860.
“They are both Pentecost Sundays,” signaling the end of the Easter season, said the Rev. Jaime Case, the church’s rector.
The observance included about 30 parishioners who came in period dress.
“We were experiencing the first prayer book (1789) of our denomination,” Case said. “It was a wonderful reminder of how much has changed and how little has changed.”
For instance, Case said in 1860 women were not allowed to be part of a service and the church was not welcoming to people of color.
The first St. Luke’s building was a repurposed schoolhouse bought in 1858, said church archivist Patrick Lawless. It was in downtown and today probably would be under Interstate 5, he said. The current church at 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. was built in 1932 and remodeled in 1959.
Lawless said experiencing the same service delivered on May 27, 1860, was “a way for us to understand how we have changed and how we need to grow.”