“On the Occasion of Your Installation by Rev. Maren Tirabassi

While we are limping away

and earthquakes and terrible fires,

and from great failures in compassion,

not to speak of the small

and so personal pain in lives

of all the folks in all our churches,

we do these simple things

that all the world calls crazy —

we put water on children,

and we install a woman of God.

We need your courage, Cleo

someone to send a dove

for an olive branch of peace,

someone to mix in a little leaven

and pulling over to pray at 1:11,

someone to carry spices to every place

where sad people need to hear

about the resurrection,

someone to speak Pentecost words

that does not know “churchy” language

but recognizes the truth in a life

that knows both mess and message,

the rim of the dark horizon

and the dawn of hope.


God’s grace be with you this autumn day of celebration and every day of your ministry.

– Maren C. Tirabassi, October 8, 2017

5 thoughts on ““On the Occasion of Your Installation by Rev. Maren Tirabassi

  1. I hope this helped your event. This version is missing a couple lines “from storms” and “breaking bread” but what it is not missing is the incredible presence of your ministry — all your life and in a very special way now!!!

    1. It was and still is a wonderful piece which was read at the service, inserted the bulletin and it was also posted on my FB page. It captures the heart of the event. Thank you Maren. I’ll post a corrected copy.

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