"We aren’t just a bunch of unconnected people in line at Panera, waiting to get our individual orders of bread."We aren't meant to be, but the change to being handed the Eucharist is susceptible to just such an association.
The usual answer to that observation is that this was not the intended effect of that change. A related issue came up back at a meeting of the Peter Favre Forum (think Businessmen's Prayer Breakfast with Bishop Sklba as chaplain). In response to some point that month's speaker had made, I noted that moving choirs to the front of the church had the effect of making the assembly like their audience. Afterward, a number of attendees who were in their parish choirs came up to assure me that was not what was intended. The underlying assumption seems to be if intentions are good, but results are not, the problem must lie elsewhere.