Supper as Judgment
R.J. Gore, in the last chapter of Covenantal Worship (which I just finished), writes:
Theologically, there are some tremendous implications involved in the regular, weekly observance of the the Lord’s Supper. First, it is a sign of judgment, in that it discriminates those who have been admitted to the family from those who are yet without. Indeed, all who are admitted have undergone the waters of judgment in baptism and have been delivered. Thus, there is an eschatological focus in that every time the communion is observed there is an anticipation of the final judgment when the people of God will be eternally separated from the unfaithful.
Yikes! The children that – despite being baptized – are banned from the Table are weekly receiving a sign of their eternal separation from the people of God!