What’s with the Grapes?

I love communion. I was delighted to learn that my first pastorate was in a congregation that took communion once a month (more often than many Mennonite churches). But there is one question I’ve struggled with since I was child, taking my Wheat Thins™ and seedless grapes from the pastor: What’s with the grapes? Why, in so many low church Protestant traditions, do we feel the urge to serve our children Jesus Lite (trademark pending)?

I searched the Scriptures. I studied them for seven years, earned two degrees, and have yet to find where Jesus said,

Let the children come to me, and eat grapes, for I am the bread of life but children haven’t learned how to digest gluten yet.”

There’s no biblical justification for a two-tiered, merit-based communion. Continue reading