A southern Baptist minister was completing a temperance sermon.   
With great emphasis he said,   
"If I  had all the beer in the world,   I'd take it and pour it into the river."

With even greater emphasis he said,   
"And if I had all the wine in the world,   I'd take it and pour it into the river."
And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he said,   
"And if I had all the whiskey in the world,   I'd take it and pour it into the river."

Sermon complete, he sat down.
The song leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, nearly laughing,   
"For our closing song, let us sing Hymn #365, 

"Shall We Gather at the River."

Smile, life is too short not to !!


Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we’ll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
We will talk and worship ever,
All the happy golden day.


Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver,
And provide a robe and crown.


At the smiling of the river,
Mirror of the Savior’s face,
Saints, whom death will never sever,
Lift their songs of saving grace.


Soon we’ll reach the silver river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease;
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.



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