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Brother Mark is a pseudonym of The Reverend Dr Robert Jaggs-Fowler, a clergyman, physician, writer and poet. His biography can be found at: www.robertjaggsfowler.com

Monday, April 09, 2007

A Tale from Lent

Browsing the April edition of the St Aidan's Church Magazine in Hellifield, North Yorkshire, I came across the following anonymous story which caused me some considerable amusement. I couldn't resist the temptation to share it:


A preacher was coming to the end of a temperance sermon. With great expression he proclaimed: 'If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river.'

With even greater emphasis he declared: 'And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river.'

Then finally he thundered: 'And if I had all the whisky in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river.'

He sat down impressively.

The song leader then rose very cautiously and announced: 'For our closing hymn let us sing number 365: "Shall we Gather at the River?" '