Rev. Martin Copenhaver, looking out Sunday at the kind of packed house typically seen only on the biggest religious holidays, began the final sermon of his 20-year stretch at Wellesley Village Church by saying he felt compelled to wish parishioners a Merry Christmas.
Later during the Congregational service the organist slipped in a fragment of a Christmas song, much to the parishioners’ delight.
Copenhaver is leaving to become head of Andover Newton Theological School and an interim senior pastor has been named. It’s a time of transition for Congregationalists in town: Wellesley Hills Congregational Church also lists an interim senior minister at this point.