st. 1 = 1. Cor 10:16
ref. = Ps. 33:22, Ps. 34:3b, 8a
Written in 1981, "Taste and See" was one of the first songs written by Carol Vriend Petter (b. Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1954) for worship at Church of the Servant, a Christian Reformed church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that celebrates the Lord's Supper weekly. The text makes good use of both Old Testament and New Testament images. In covenant with God, we taste and see his love as we share the Lord's Supper (st. 1; ref.), experiencing the blessings of pardon, grace, and kingdom inheritance (st. 2), at the same time reminding ourselves of our mission to share God's love with the spiritually and physically needy (st. 3).
A graduate of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Petter is currently a retirement plan administrator for First Michigan Bank in Grand Rapids. She is a member of Church of the Servant, and some of her hymns are published in that congregation's hymnal supplement, Joyful Noises.
Lord's Supper, during distribution of the bread and wine.
Wim Mennes (b. Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1917; d. Noordwolde, 1996) composed ANTHEA for Petter's text in 1984 in Noordwolde, the Netherlands; his tune was selected by the Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee from among several tunes submitted as part of a hymn search for this text. He named the tune…