The Art of Contemplation

51 min


We all want to be seen and understood by others. But this desire usually takes the wrong path in our lives, as we base our self-worth on the approval of our peers. In this message, Pastor Suzy Silk examines where this desire comes from and how we can utilize prayer to point this desire in the right direction.

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The Prescription

Learn how Philippians 4 prescribes prayer as the most effective way to deal with our anxiety.


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About this Pastor & Church

Suzy is one of the pastors at Church of the City NYC, a diverse community, with an ambition to see the fame and deeds of God renewed in our time, and to practice a powerful faith that brings renewal to our relationships, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

Located In: New York City

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