A Service of Thanksgiving

For the Resurrection Life of

Reverend Kenneth Orson Bean

June 5, 1939 – August 2, 2022

August 13, 2022 – 10:00am

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Westborough, MA


Jesus, meine Zuversicht
Johann G. Walther

Bist du bei Mir
J. S. Bach
Marilyn Reiman, trumpet

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
Johannes Brahms

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
J. S. Bach
Marilyn Reiman, trumpet
Yeon Soh, organ


Welcome in the name of Jesus, the Savior of the world. We are gathered to worship, to proclaim Christ crucified and risen, to remember before God our brother Rev. Kenneth Orson Bean, to give thanks for his life, to commend him to our merciful redeemer, and to comfort one another in our grief.


When we were baptized in Christ Jesus, we were baptized into his death. We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Eternal God, maker of heaven and earth, who formed us from the dust of the earth, who by your breath gave us life, we glorify you. We glorify you.

Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who suffered death for all humanity, who rose from the grave to open the way to eternal life, we praise you. We praise you.

Holy Spirit, author and giver of life, the comforter of all who sorrow, our sure confidence and everlasting hope, we worship you. We worship you.

To you, O blessed Trinity, be glory and honor, forever and ever. Amen.


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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

Holy God, your beloved Son took children into his arms and blessed them.
Help us to entrust Ken to your never-failing care and love.
Comfort us as we bear the pain of his death, and receive us all into your everlasting arms, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


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REMEMBRANCE Nicole Harvell


You Raise Me Up
Brendan Graham and Rolf Lovland

John Arnold, soloist
Yeon Soh, piano

FIRST READING PSALM 121 Deborah Harvell

A reading from Psalms.

1I lift up my eyes to the hills —
from where will my help come?

2My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

3He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.

4He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.

6The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.

8The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

PSALM 23 Daniel Bean

A reading from Psalms.

1The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;

3he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff —
they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
my whole life long.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

SECOND READING ROMANS 8:31-35, 37-39 Jessica Recore

A reading from Romans.

31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


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GOSPEL JOHN 11:21-27 The Rev. Sara Anderson

The Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.

21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON The Rev. Sara Anderson


Here I Am Lord


With the whole church, let us confess our faith.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Let us pray.

Almighty God, in holy baptism you have knit your chosen people together into one communion of saints in the body of Christ. Give to your whole church in heaven and on earth your light and your peace. God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

Grant that all who have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection may die to sin and rise to share the new life in Christ. God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give courage and faith to all who mourn, and a sure and certain hope in your loving care, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may have strength for the days ahead. God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that, where this world groans in grief and pain, your Holy Spirit may lead us to bear witness to your light and life. God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

Help us, in the midst of things we cannot understand, to believe and trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to life everlasting. God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

The presiding minister continues

God of all grace, we give you thanks because by his death our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed the power of death and by his resurrection he opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Make us certain that because he lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, will be able to separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


The peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.


For the Beauty of the Earth
Congregation please join on the last verse.

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The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.


It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


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Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory. In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son, who reached out to heal the sick and suffering, who preached good news to the poor, and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all.

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension, we await his coming in glory.

Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food, the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord; to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.


Let us pray as Jesus taught us, each in the words or language of our choice.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.



At this table, Christ is both host and meal, and offers himself to all who hunger and thirst for his presence. We believe that he is truly present in this sacrament. When you come forward, the pastor will place bread in your hand, and you receive wine by taking a cup from the tray (the cups in the center contain white grape juice). Empty cups go into the trays by the windows. Gluten-free wafers are available upon request. If you do not wish to commune, you are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing. If you need to receive communion in your pew, simply notify an usher. No one is too young to receive this sacrament, though some families wish to give their children some instruction before they take their first communion. If a young child accompanies you to the rail, please indicate to the pastor whether they should receive bread or a blessing.


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The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in God’s grace. Amen.


Let us pray. God of abundance, with this bread of life and cup of salvation you have united us with Christ, making us one with all your people. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Let us commend Kenneth Orson Bean to the mercy of God, our maker and redeemer.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Ken. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.


Lord’s Prayer

Marilyn Reiman, trumpet
Yeon Soh, organ


The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace. Amen.

Let us go forth in peace, in the name of Christ. Amen.


Lift High the Cross


A Mighty Fortress is Our God
arr. Robert Hobby
Yeon Soh, organ

All are welcome and invited to a brief reception in the Fellowship Hall following the service.

In addition, all are welcome to join the graveside service at 3 pm at
Mt. Zion Cemetery
55 Worcester Road
Webster, MA 01570

Memorial gifts in Pastor Bean’s memory may be made to:

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
183 West Main Street
Westborough MA 01581
(Memorial gifts to Good Shepherd may be left in the offering plate at the entrance of the sanctuary on your way out.)

Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund
70 Main St.,
Oxford, MA 01540

Ascentria Care Alliance
11 Shattuck Street

Worcester, MA 01605


Preacher The Rev. Sara Anderson

Presiding Ministers The Rev. Michael Bastian, The Rev. Jeffrey Goodrich & The Rev. Cassandra Hartnett

Lectors Deborah Harvell, Daniel Bean & Jessica Recore

Remembrance Nicole Harvell

Pall Bearers Daniel Bean, Mark Bean, Deborah Harvell, Michele Pavlis, Jessica Recore & Richard Recore

Acting Director of Music Bess Sproul

Organist Yeon Soh

Soloist John Arnold

Trumpet Marilyn Reiman

Parking Usher Tim Brennan

Ushers Paul Bigwood, David Golden, David Kaiser, & Randy Koopman

Altar Care Caryn Francese, Linda Frederico, Stephanie Leclair, Elaine Martin, Christiane Merrow,
Joan Olson, Trudy Roybal, Barbara Shumaker & Katie Zimmermann

Collation Hostesses Ellen Cloutier & Caryn Francese

Resurrection Choir
John Arnold

Marilyn Banderet
Caitlyn Costello
Christine Costello
Jay Costello
Jonathan Costello
Pat Fontes
Marie Foster
Linda Frederico
Bruce Grams
Julie Hamilton Grant
Garrick Grant
Pastor Cassandra Hartnett
David Hoyt
Sarah McRae
Paula Mathieu
Ally Morin
Pastor John Nieman
Joan Olson
Jean Peterson
Paul Peterson
Kris Sheehan
Ed Rossmeisl
Shirley Rossmeisl
Pastor Ed Sproul

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