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 27, 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 Jack Warren Burnam, Organist and Choirmaster of Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green in New Castle, Delaware. The Service at 12 noon will be led by the Rev’d Timothy Alleman, Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre. The preacher will be Deacon William Behm of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre. Special music will be presented by oboist Thomas Heinze. Canon Mark Laubach, the Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen’s, is the director of music for all of the Lenten services.