Taste and See

Scripture References


Taste and See

Additional Prayers

Great and loving God, you heal our broken hearts and restore our wounded spirits.
Help us to trust in your faithfulness, feast upon your goodness, and pursue your peace
as we await your kingdom’s fulfillment.
We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Psalms for All Seasons (http://www.psalmsforallseasons.org)

A Prayer of Acclamation
Loving God, fountain of blessings, you fulfill needs we don’t even know we have.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
You imagined each of us from all eternity, and one day breathed life into what you imagined.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
You are present to us in joys and in sorrows,
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
in sickness and in health.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Loving God, fountain of blessings, we acclaim and thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

God of hope,
you gave your Son to free a lost world.
You give your Spirit to comfort and encourage.
You give us hope for a future
free of pain, sorrow, and tears.
You promise us a future with you.
In gratitude, we bring you our time, talents, and tithes.
May our gifts be used so that many others will taste and see
the goodness of knowing you.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
[The Worship Sourcebook]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Taste and See

Tune Information

F Major


Musical Suggestion

As an alternative to singing the entire hymn, consider having the congregation sing only the refrain, with two readers—one male and one female—reading Psalm 34 in responsorial fashion, as follows:
  • Refrain
  • Reader 1: vv. 1-3
  • Reader 2: vv. 4-6
  • Refrain
  • Reader 1: vv. 7-10
  • Reader 2: vv. 11-14
  • Refrain
  • Reader 1: vv. 15-18
  • Reader 2: vv. 19-22
  • Refrain
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 48)
— Emily Brink

Taste and See

Hymn Story/Background

This dialogue setting of the first nine verses of Psalm 34 includes a memorable refrain based on verse 8, a verse of testimony and encouragement that can be sung during communion by the whole congregation, with a soloist on the verses. 
— Emily Brink

Author and Composer Information

James E. Moore, Jr., composer, conductor, pianist, and master teacher, currently resides in Vienna, Austria, where he serves as a professional coach and teaches voice and conducting. A native of LaCrosse, Virginia, he holds undergraduate degrees in both Piano and Vocal Music Education. With graduate degrees in piano and choral conducting, James is well known for his masterful work with choirs, ensembles and congregations. His unforgettable songs, like "Taste and See," "I Will Be with You," and “An Irish Blessing” have been sung, recorded, and appear in hymnals throughout the world. Prior to his move to Vienna, he served as Director of Music at St. Agnes Parish in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as Assistant Professor of Music and Liturgy at the Athenaeum of Ohio Theological Seminary. 
— GIA Publications, Inc. (http://www.giamusic.com)
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