Service Playing Test Study Guide

The Service Playing Test Study Guide ($20) is an educational resource developped for candidates seeking service playing certification. The study guide is almost 60 pages in length. It contains discussions of several different hymns, some of which are listed below. The study guide can be purchased in the “Certification Exam Study Guides and Materials” section of the AGO online store where  you will find other resources that will help you prepare. Additionally, the committee has created the Examination Hymn Booklet that contains most of the hymns that candidates need for the test. The Examination Hymn booklet is available as a PDF from the Certification Administrator, Email.

Some of the music referenced in the service playing study guide is available below.


#1 Page 14 – Bach, Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten. BWV 642 from Orgelbüchlein.

#2 Page 15 – Bach, Wenn wir in Höchsten Nöten sein. BWV 641 from Orgelbüchlein.

#3 Page 15 – Bach, Fugue in F Major from Eight Little Preludes and Fugues.

#4 Page 15 – Buxtehude, Von Gott will ich nicht lassen. BuxWV 221.

#5 Page 16 – Mendelssohn, Adagio from Sonata in F minor, Op.65, No.1.

#6 Page 16 – Vierne, Berceuse from Vingt-quatre Pièces en style libre.

#7 Page 17 – Dupré, You will sing of the glory of the angels from Dans La Gloire des Invalides Find performances online.

#8 Page 17 – Near, O sacrum convivium, from St. Augustine’s Organbook. Find performances online.

#9 Page 17 – Langlais, Pasticcio,  from Organ Book. Find performances online.

#10 Page 18 –  Wold, People, Look East, from Light One Candle: Advent Organ Collection. Find performances online.

#11 Page 55 – EHB #2 – Lord, You Give the Great Commission (ABBOT’S LEIGH).

#12 Page 55 – EHB #18 – O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken? (HERZLIEBSTER JESU).

#13 Page 55 – EHB #22 – Eicker, All Peoples, Clap Your Hands, Psalm 47.

#14 Page 55 – EHB #23 – Gelineau, Psalm 33/34.

#15 Page 55 – EHB #20 – Battishill, Psalm 100.

#16 Page 54 – Matthias, As truly as God is our Father. Find performances online.

#17 Page 54 – Near, Adam Lay YBounden. Find performances online.

#18 Page 56 – Wesley, Thou Wilt Keep Him In Perfect Peace.

#19 Page 56 – Mendelssohn, How Lovely Are the Messengers.