A Methodist minister who, in church, preached against the drinking of alcohol, had a secret passion - he really enjoyed a drink now and then, most especially peach brandy. He had a friend who would secretly make him a bottle each Christmas.
One year, when the minister went to visit his friend, hoping for his usual Christmas present, he was not disappointed, but his friend told him that he had to thank him for the peach brandy from the pulpit the following Sunday. In his haste to get the bottle, the minister hurriedly agreed and left.
The next Sunday his friend sat in the church with a grin on his face, waiting to see the minister's embarrassment. The minister climbed into the pulpit and said, "Before we begin, I have an announcement. I would very much like to thank my friend, Joe, for his kind gift of peaches ... and for the spirit in which they were given!"