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Roberta Anderson

Roberta Anderson is 96 years old. Every month, like clockwork, we receive a small check and a short written prayer from Roberta. Everyone in the CCC office looks forward to Roberta’s envelope showing up in the mail at the first of the month. Roberta tells me that writing prayer is one of her ministries that she is still able to do. We, at CCC, are very glad for this written ministry. It does not matter what else is going on or how our challenges loom, Roberta brings us monthly energy that moves us on our way, empowering our actions for the children we serve.

When I slide my letter opener down the envelope it is not the check inside that drives the tiny happy flutter in my chest, it is the knowledge that on the page wrapping the check is a thoughtful meditation, an offering just for us – to bring us strength and forgiveness, to remind us why we are doing this work and keeping a promise of acknowledgement and appreciation.

With Roberta’s permission, we have decided to spread her ministry for her using our website. Perhaps her faith ministry of written prayer will touch you the way it has touched us. In our opinion one cannot have too much Roberta, and her wonderful spirit should be shared.

Minute Ministries

  • 2013

    February 2013

    “A real friend is like an angel
    Who warms you by her presence
    And remembers you
    In her prayers."

    January 2013

    “Thank you
    For our guardian angels
    That come from
    Heaven above
    Sent down to watch,
    And protect us
    And fill our hearts with love."



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  • 2012

    November 2012

    “Give us courage and cheerfulness to go the second mile. And all the miles ahead."

    October 2012

    “Go in peace.
    May the Holy G-d surprise you on the way.
    Lord be your company,
    and the spirit lift up your life."

    August 2012

    “Good shepard of the sheep,
    By whom the lost are sought,
    Feed us and we shall be pacified,
    Heal us and we shall be whole."

    July 2012

    “In darkness and in light.
    In trouble and in joy,
    Help us Lord,
    To trust your love,
    Serve your purpose,
    And praise your name."

    June 2012

    “We thank you G_d for the equations of life;
    Joy and pain,
    Work and recreation,
    Sun and rain,
    Victory and defeat.
    That, drawing experience of the one,

    we may understand the other."

    May 2012

    “Lord quicken in us the spirit of courage that we may go forth with hopeful minds to the duties of this day,
    confident that with thy help we may fashion something good out of whatever the day may bring."

    April 2012

    “O G-d,
    in the course of this busy life,
    give us times of refreshment and peace.
    Grant that we may use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds."

    March 2012

    “Live Simply,
    Love Generously,
    Care Deeply,
    Speak Kindly,
    And leave the rest to G-d."

    February 2012

    “A goodnight Prayer to Share…
    Now into the keeping of G_d I put
    All the doings of the day,
    All the gladness and beauty,
    All my work and prayers.
    I commit all the people
    Whom I love
    To G_d's shepherding."

    January 2012

    “Let my heart be the vessel of G_d's love,
    Let my thought's be the blossom of G_d's love.
    Let my words be the expression of G_d's love,
    Let my actions be the fulfillment of G_d's love."

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  • 2011

    November/December 2011

    “Bless the work, the play, the study done here,
    May all that is done here reflect the peace and order of creation."

    October 2011

    “May G-d write a message on your heart,
    bless and direct you,
    then send you out as living letters into the world."

    August/September 2011

    “The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts.
    The perfect place to be is in someone's prayers.
    The best place to be is in G-d's hands."

    July 2011

    “Holy Spirit, giving life to all life,
    Moving all creatures,
    Washing them clean, healing their wounds,
    Bless us."

    June 2011

    May G-d write a message on your heart,
    bless and direct you,
    then send you out as a living letter of the Word.

    May 2011

    “Dear Lord, we give you thanks for places of simplicity and peace.
    We give you thanks for places of refuge and beauty,
    places where all may find acceptance and belonging.”

    April 2011

    Lord G-d quicken in us the spirit of courage;
    That we may go forth with hopeful minds to the duties of this day,
    Confident that with your help we may fashion something good
    From whatever this day may bring.

    March 2011

    May you be centered in the knowledge of G-d’s love for you.
    May you be grounded in the knowledge of G-d’s providence.
    May you be led by G-d’s wisdom.

    February 2011

    I know that at times
    I will be troubled.
    I know that at times
    I will be labored.
    I know that at times
    I will be disquieted.
    But I believe that
    I shall not be overcome.

    January 2011

    Today begin to live life as a living conversation with the love of the holy spirit in your heart, the guidance of Jesus walking with you, and the love of G-d surrounding you.


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  • 2010

    October 2010

    Holy Lord, dance within our hearts so we may learn the steps of love; work within our hands so we may build; shine within our eyes so we may see your truth and beauty.

    September 2010

    Ministry is receiving G-d’s blessing
    From those whom we minister,
    The blessing is a glimpse of the face of G-d.

    August 2010

    I slept and dreamed that life was joy.
    I awoke and saw that life was service.
    I acted and behold, service was joy.

    July 2010

    Lord, let me be a light to chase away the shadows of fear, a candle in the window to welcome the lost, a shoulder to cry on, and arms to enfold.

    June 2010

    The kingdom of heaven is like yeast. Not pie in the sky, but bread in the oven, light, beautiful, nourishing, warm. Let us enjoy it.


    May 2010

    Dear Lord, Into the pain of the tortured breathe stillness;
    into the misery of displacement breathe comfort;
    into the hunger of the poor breathe fullness;
    into the death of the innocent breathe life;
    into the pain of widows and orphans breathe hope.

    April 2010

    For those who cannot speak for themselves,
    Help us give voice.
    For those who hunger,
    Send us to nourish.
    For those who despair,
    Give them wings of hope.


    March 2010

    Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime;
    Therefore we are saved by hope.
    Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;
    Therefore we are saved by faith.
    Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;
    Therefore we are saved by love.

    February 2010

    I will do more than
    Belong – I will participate
    Believe – I will practice
    Forgive – I will forget
    Teach – I will listen
    Be Fair – I will be kind
    Dream – I will work
    Earn – I will enrich
    Give – I will serve.

    January 2010

    May G-d bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer so you will reach out your hands to comfort them and change their pain into joy.

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  • 2009

    December 2009

    It is in the quiet of our minds and hearts that the gift of G-d’s love for us is received. Slowly and happily we come to experience the joy and wonder that is Christmas.

    November 2009

    O G-d of abundance, you feed us everyday. Rise in us now, make us into your bread, that we may share your gifts with a hungry world.

    October 2009

    Healing Christ, you walk the world with those who suffer.
    We come to you with their wounds. Encircle those for whom we pray. Enter their bodies, minds, and spirits and heal them of all that harms.

    September 2009

    O G-d of Abundance, you feed us every day. Rise in us now, make us into your bread, that we may share your gifts with a hungry world.

    August 2009

    Now, into the keeping of G-d I put:
    All doings of today,
    All disappointment,
    Hinderances
    Forgotten things
    Negligence
    All gladness and beauty,
    Love
    Delight
    Achievement
    All that people have done for me,
    All that I have done for them,
    My work, my prayers.
    And I commit all the people, whom I love,
    To G-d’s shepherding
    To G-d’s healing and restoring
    To G-d’s calling and making.

    July 2009

    We thank G-d for the equations of life;
    Joy and pain,
    Work and recreation,
    Sun and rain,
    Victory and defeat,
    That having experienced the one,
    We may understand the other.

    June 2009

    Dear G-d we give thanks for places of simplicity and peace. We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty, where all may find acceptance and belonging.

    May 2009

    Praise to you my risen Lord, who keeps meeting me in the garden of my life, who keeps on calling my name, allowing me to feel loved, blessed and cherished.

    April 2009

    Let our friendships be strong, Lord, that they become a blessing to others;
    Let our friendships be open, Lord, that they may be haven for others;
    Let our friendships be gentle, Lord, that they may bring peace to others.

    March 2009

    Dear G-d, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace, and grant that we may so use our leisure to build our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to he goodness of your creation.