Message from our Pastor

Rev. Leslie A. Klingensmith D.Min.

It has been my privilege to serve as St. Matthew’s pastor since March 2002. I am grateful to serve as the Pastor of a dynamic, vibrant faith community.

I believe that it is my responsibility to encourage our worshippers to participate in the life of the congregation to the greatest extent possible. Being together in worship is wonderful and is our primary unifying act as a faith community, but outreach projects and social occasions allow us to get to know each other in a more relaxed setting and at a deeper level. 

At St. Matthew, we believe that followers of Jesus have a responsibility to do what we can to ease the suffering of our neighbors nearby and far away. We take an active part in Interfaith Works programs here in Montgomery County (as well as many other local missions) and support missions throughout the world. 

My husband, Ed Taylor, is also a pastor in Washington D.C. We have two sons, Samuel and Greer, who are also part of the St. Matthew congregation.  


You can scroll down for a selection of my recent sermons.

Recent Sermons

Subtle Idols and Covenant Breakers 10/15 "I think it’s far more likely that we are part of a series of events and responses that seem innocuous at the time but that gradually shift our relationship focus from God and service to God to the culture of idolatry and service to self." 

Owners 10/8  “Somehow, during this period, an idea became ingrained in their collective consciousness that proved to be the undoing of the community.  They started thinking that they always needed more, that bigger was always better, and that their fellow tenants were their enemies.” 

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When God Works in Us 10/1 “I’m not equating Yom Kippur and World Communion – to do so would run the risk of diminishing BOTH practices. But the two of them occurring within 24 hours of each other does offer us an opportunity to reflect on repentance and on unity and on how one can inform the other…

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The Hidden Artist - "The Mysterious Landowner "When I learned of LeWitt’s technique for creating things, I was intrigued by several aspects of it. It is amazing to me that beauty can be created collaboratively, that people can come together and make something that can only be born and exist from that particular combination of humanity. It also occurred to me that for us, as people of faith, God our Creator is a sort of hidden artist, the one who is offstage but who has the vision for who we could be. The artist has left teachings, guidelines (not step by step instructions) to show us how to paint the picture. Sometimes we follow the rules, or act in accordance with the guidance, and other times we do not."

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