I've previously written of my disapproval of the practice of elders "blessing" bread and grape juice so that these may be served as the Eucharist by laypeople to others far away from the elder. It treats Holy Communion like magic, not a means of grace, and suggests that the elder is a sorcerer, not a priest.
But while doing my commissioning paperwork over the past two weeks, I noticed that ¶ 340.2.a.5 not only endorses this practice, but requires it from elders. Among the duties of an elder in full connection are:
To select and train deacons and lay members to serve consecrated communion elements.
So it would appear that what I considered bad sacramental practice is, in fact, the official teaching of the United Methodist Church. Hmm.
UPDATE: Follow-up post here.