Since the 1920s, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church has hosted an annual ecumenical Lenten series of services and organ recitals for downtown Wilkes-Barre and its surrounding communities. The tradition continues this Wednesday, March 20, with an organ recital at 11:30 am, followed by an ecumenical Lenten Service at 12:00 pm. As in past years, the 2019 Lenten series will involve clergy, musicians, and laity from Catholic and Protestant churches throughout Wilkes-Barre and the Wyoming Valley. A soup and sandwich lunch is served each week following the Lenten Service, with a suggested donation of $4.00 per person. Members of the participating congregations are the hosts for these lunches. This Wednesday’s Organ Recital at 11:30 am will be presented by the Rev’d Jeffrey C. Johnson, Pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Brockton, Massachusetts. The Service at 12 noon will be led by the Rev’d Adam McGahee of Moving River Ministries in Wilkes-Barre. The preacher will be Rabbi Larry Kaplan of Temple Israel in Wilkes-Barre. Special music will be presented by the Madrigal Singers of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, directed by Mr. John M. Vaida. Canon Mark Laubach, the Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen’s, is the director of music for all of the Lenten services.