A preacher from Eastern Kentucky was wrapping up a long sermon on temperance when he shouted, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d pour it in the river!”
The congregation, wanting to seem spiritual, responded with a rousing, “Amen!”
Encouraged by the crowd participation, the preacher continued. “And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d pour it in the river!”
“Hallelujah!” shouted the congregation.
“If I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d pour it in the river!” boomed the pastor.
In unison, the parishioners shouted, “Praise God!” so the preacher took his seat.
The song leader walked to the podium and said, “Turn in your hymnals to page number 266 and join in as we sing “Shall We Gather at the River.”