On the way to Sunday … a drink before dinner

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food for dinner. John 4:7-8

You can read the rest of the story about Jesus’ drink at the well before dinner here.

The French call the before-dinner drink an apéritif. The Italians call it the aperitivo. In English, we call them aperitives. No matter the language, you are left holding a drink in your hand of some type.

The exact origin of a drink before dinner is unknown. Many trace the origins of the popular before dinner drink to the commercial production of vermouth in Italy as the drink was often served before dinner with finger foods such as nuts and olives.

Aperitives are supposed to stimulate your appetite. The root of the word is Latin which means “to open.” These drinks are supposed to get your stomach ready for food.

Truth is the ritual makes the meal a more memorable and prolonged experience for those involved.

Jesus invites us to drink from the ‘living water’.

Perhaps it is a means for Him to spend more time with us and prolong our relationship with Him.

When is the last time you took time to drink ‘living water’ with the Savior?

Join us Sunday morning and discover more with Jesus @ the Table and a drink before dinner.


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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