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The Rev. William Carter

The Rev. William Carter is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit, PA, and a well-known jazz musician (Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet).

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The Rev. William Carter

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First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, PA

 

The Rev. William Carter is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit, PA, and a well-known jazz musician (Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet).

William G. Carter serves as the pastor and head of staff of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. A well-known preacher in the northeast, he is also a highly regarded jazz pianist who frequently weaves his music into his ministry.

A native of Owego, NY, Rev. Carter received his B.A. from Binghamton University in 1982, with a major in philosophy and a certificate in religious studies. He earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1985. Ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he previously served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. He has served the Clarks Summit congregation since 1990.

Rev. Carter has received national recognition for his preaching and writing, with sermons and articles appearing in Journal for Preachers, Presbyterian Survey, Preaching, Lectionary Homiletics, The Christian Ministry, and Best Sermons 7 (HarperCollins, 1994). He is the author of ten books.

As a jazz musician, Rev. Carter has extensive experience as a composer and arranger, having studied and performed with noted jazz artists such as Phil Woods, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, and Bob Brookmeyer. Rev. Carter has written liturgical music for the popular jazz communion services in his congregation, and has traveled widely in presenting jazz worship services in churches.

His primary musical association is with the Presbybop Quartet, which tours nationally. The band has recorded ten CDs and three DVDs, all of which are available on the band's website (www.presbybop.com).  

 


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The Rev. William Carter

Bill Carter: Nagging Grace

Psalm 23

4th Sunday of Easter - Year C

May 12, 2019

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

 

I have been preaching for so long that I have a half-dozen sermons on the 23rd Psalm. Today I am not sure which one to preach.

Number three isn't so bad. The focus was on "green pastures and still waters." It's not a bad image for spring time in the days after Easter. Beyond the fury of life, there is peace. Beneath the concrete and pavement, there is the good earth. God renews us as God renews the good earth.

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The Rev. William Carter

Bill Carter: Mourning to Morning

Psalm 30

3rd Sunday of Easter - Year C

May 05, 2019

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

 

Her living room was filled with shadows. The shades were pulled, the curtains were drawn, and no light had entered the room, even though the sun was shining outdoors. There was a solitary lamp on the table with the dim glow of a forty-watt bulb. It's the only light in a room filled with shadows. She looked up and said, "When will I feel better?"

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Music In Church - A Day1 Reflection

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

The Bible has some noisy scenes. Indeed it does. Bill Carter talks about music and what it does for the church.
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April 08, 2012

Easter Dinner

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

As we celebrate Easter, the Rev. Bill Carter takes us back to the glorious feast of Isaiah 25:6-9, when God swallows death--which is the astonishing claim of Easter itself.
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April 01, 2012

The Best Things Are Borrowed

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

In his Palm Sunday sermon, the Rev. Bill Carter notes that Jesus was a borrower, as revealed in his triumphal entry on a borrowed donkey. What does that tell us about our priorities in life?
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March 19, 2000

Revising the Agenda

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

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February 20, 2000

So What Did You Get Out of Worship This Morning?

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January 23, 2000

When God Repented

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April 18, 1999

Where Does Easter Happen?

The Rev. William Carter (PCUSA)

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March 21, 1999

Tears at the Tomb

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February 07, 1999

Following the Kiss

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January 10, 1999

After the Water Has Dried

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