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Breaking Barriers, Nurturing Networks

This is the program for the commissioning service for Rev. Dr. Kristine Lund, Luther's new principal-dean, and new faculty and staff that took place at Trillium Lutheran Church in Waterloo on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

View video of the service on our YouTube channel.

View our Flickr photo album. 




Prelude: Images, Mirko Petricevic; Piano, Bradley Moggach

Welcome: Rev. Ed Bastian, Trillium Lutheran Church; Heather Main, Chair, Luther Board of Governors

Land Acknowledgement: Rev. Dr. Allen Jorgenson

Opening to the Sacred: Dr. Gerard Yun and ensemble



Dr. Mary Philip (Joy), Inspiring lives of meaning and service in God’s world 

  1. Jean Becker, Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives (Operating as Interim AVP, Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion)
  2. Mirian Vilela, Executive Director, Earth Charter International, Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica
  3. Dr. Samuel Meshack, Professor of Communication and Ethics, Pro-Chancellor, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India.
  4. Karen Redman, Regional Chair of the Waterloo Region
  5. Dr. Darren Thomas, Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Initiatives, Wilfrid Laurier University 
  6. Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, President, Wilfrid Laurier University


Chant: Listen, listen. Be open, O my heart; Bradley Moggach

Reading: Luke 13:10 – 13; Laurie Knott

Reflection: Breaking Barriers, Nurturing Networks; Rev. Dr. Kristine Lund


Norwegian Dance No. 2 by Johan Halversen



Bishop Michael Pryse, Heather Main

Rev. Dr. Kristine Lund, Principal-Dean

Yvonne Bomberry, Associate Professional Faculty - Indigenous Wisdom and Methodologies

Deacon Sherry Coman, Associate Professional Faculty - Spirituality and Media

Gela Hemmat Bolandpour, Student Advisor and Admissions Coordinator

Rev. Dr. Gyeong Kim, Assistant Professor of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy

Dr. Laura MacGregor, Associate Professional Faculty – Spirituality, Disability and Mental Health

Dr. Ara Parker, Assistant Professor of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy


The community will be asked to support those commissioned by answering, “I will.”



Song:   For the Healing of the Nations/Creation; Rev. Anne Anderson                  

            “For the healing of creation, we make our prayers today . . . God renew . . .”

            “For the healing of the nations, we make our prayers today . . .  Peace be yours . . .”



Peace be with you.  

ALL: And also with you.

The community is invited to share a sign of peace by writing in the chat or turning to greet one another without leaving their seats.



Heather Main

We gratefully receive your offerings, which will be dedicated to support counselling for children and young adults through the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre. Please see the end of your program/bulletin for various ways you can make your offerings.



Sending Dialogue: Dr. Debbie Lou Ludolph

When we listen deeply to each other and to the Earth,                                                     

God gives us a vision of a world as God’s love would have it:

All: A world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
A world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
A world where humans live in harmony and mutual respect;
A world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.


This is the moment to live into this vision! Este Momento!

Song: Este Momento, by Inshallah


Go in peace and with good courage.                                                                                             

All: Thanks be to God!

Postlude Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott, BWV 720; Bradley Moggach



With thanks from the Luther Community to:

  • Trillium Lutheran Church
  • Bishop Michael Pryse and Laurie Knott, Eastern Synod, ELCIC
  • Robb Wilson, liturgical direction
  • Larry Miller, Alex Hoch, technical direction
  • Earl McCluskie, video recording


To make a donation 

E-transfers may be forwarded to with password set to: KL2021 (if required).

Cheques may be made payable to: MARTIN LUTHER UNIVERSITY COLLEGE and mailed to:

Martin Luther University College

75 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5

Please enclose a note or indicate in the memo line to direct your donation to the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre: Children and Youth Care.

Online through our donation web page. Select "other" and indicate in the memo line to direct your donation to the Delton Glebe Counselling Centre: Children and Youth Care.


Copyright and Acknowledgements

Opening Prayer - Adapted from the resources of The Iona Community, with permission to use for worship.

Sending Prayer - Adapted from the resources of The Lutheran World Federation.  Used with permission.

Unless otherwise indicated, permission to reprint, podcast and/or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #L-712241.  All rights reserved.

For everyone born (refrain) - Words:  Shirley Erena Murray (c) 1998 Hope Publishing Company;  Music:  Brian Mann (c) 2006 Brian Mann.  Administered by the General Board of Global Ministries, GBGMusik.

For the Healing of the Nations/CreationWords:  Susan Briehl (c) 2009 Augsburg Fortress:  Music:  John D. Becker, from Litany of the Saints (c) 1987 John D. Becker.  Published and distributed by OCP Publications.

Este Momento - Words and Music:  Pablo Sosa (c) 1990, GIA Publications, Inc.; English Translation: Mary Louise Bringle (c) 2007, GIA Publications, Inc.; Video production:  Ronnie Smith, 2021.  Used with permission.  Artists:  Members of Inshallah and Peace Lutheran Church, Pickering.  Used with permission.

Halvorsen, Johan. 1897. Norwegian Dance No. 2 from Norwegian Dances. Public Domain.
Bach, Johann Sebastian. 1709.  Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott, BWV 720. Public Domain.

Listen - Words and Music:  Bret Hesla (c) 2004 Bret Hesla, admin. Augsburg Fortress.

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