In many churches we are seeing something new during the sacrament of Holy Communion. That is the inclusion of a gluten-free communion bread option. Bread is typically made from wheat which contains gluten. For many with food sensitivities or digestive issues gluten can be a problem. By offering a gluten-free wafer for those who cannot eat bread there is an opportunity for hospitality, caring and grace. The sacrament of Holy Communion is an outward and visible sign of the inward and spiritual grace of Christ’s presence. When we care about people with dietary issues we are showing kindness and compassion that further reveals Christ’s presence.
Any time we widen the circle of concern and love for all of God’s children we are showing God’s love in visible way. I hope you will consider this as a regular practice in your church. May the inclusion of gluten-free wafers be just one of many ways that you show respect for people with a variety of physical and spiritual needs.
Bishop Peggy Johnson