I’ve been thinking about this sermon (http://www.fourthchurch.org/sermons/2015/110115.html) by Shannon Kershner now for a couple of weeks. It’s still with me!
This was a stewardship sermon delivered from the pulpit of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago – a memorable message that reminds me that my giving to the church really makes a “holy difference” not only in with those who are served by the church but also in my life. I do feel the joy in giving as a holy experience of God presence in my life.
Pastor Kershner asks this important question: “What kind of holy difference does our giving make in us?” Do we experience God’s “holy presence” through what we give? Seriously! Think about the holy things God does through us and the blessings we receive through our giving generously for the benefit of others.
To quote the sermon:
So this week, as you continue to prayerfully consider what you will pledge, give, to this church for God’s work in this world, for the building up of God’s kingdom, God’s reign, God’s community of love, or as your reconsider what you have already pledged, take into account what kind of a holy difference your gift will or will not make in your life.
 Give, Grow, Become! Joy and Generosity, Shannon J. Kershner, Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, November 1, 2015.