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Westport Ministers Get Creative After Christmas

It's the day after Christmas, but it's also Sunday. At Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport, this means the third consecutive day of services. While the question "What's left to talk about" comes to mind, the Rev. John Branson III knew Thursday what the theme of his Sunday sermon would be.

"We're going to be celebrating some baptisms, and so our theme for the day will be making room for Christ in our lives, making room for a newborn in our lives and making room for, as Christians, those who have no place to call home," said Branson, the church's rector.

Although there's never a shortage of themes or focal points for sermons, Branson said Sunday won't be a typical Sunday, for two reasons. First, he said he's expecting attendance to be "very low." And because of it, he said there will only be one liturgy.

"Normally, we have three," he said.

At the Unitarian Church , the Rev. Frank Hall, senior minister, said his sermon would focus on epiphanies, sudden insights into the truth of something. But he won't just preach: he plans to use poems to explain the Feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human.

"The Epiphany the church refers to is when the Magi came to the stable and saw the baby [Jesus] had a spark of divinity," Hall said. "Our [the Unitarian] interpretation of this is: When you realize this divinity is within every human being, that's an Epiphany."

And by using poetry that he said has touched him the most, Hall will drive home the message that "the divine is not in some person who lived a thousand years ago" but rather, "the divine is sense of sacredness within each individual."

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