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Meet Pastor Gramit

Pastor Paul Edward Gramit, the firstborn son of Norman and Irene Gramit, is a native of Norridge, Illinois and is a lifelong Missouri Synod (LCMS) Lutheran. Pastor Gramit was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry on July 12, 1998.

From July 1998 through July 2004, Pastor Gramit served at Hope Lutheran Church of Cedar Lake, Indiana. During this time, he also served as a member and vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of Luther East High School of Lansing, Illinois, as well as the Indiana District--LCMS in various capacities.

Pastor Gramit, then Vicar Paul, was united in marriage with Connie Ulmer at the vicarage (internship) congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church of Cole Camp, Missouri on April 4, 1997. Her father was a retired LCMS pastor in the congregation and, after its resident pastor, one of his vicarage supervisors. Their family also includes daughter Lauren Rees and her husband Kyle of Fishers, Indiana, and their daughter Nova Grace; son Dwight Haesler of Chicago; and daughter Jocelyn.

Pastor Gramit has served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Clinton, Massachusetts since September 12, 2004. He, Connie, and Jocelyn enjoy many aspects of life in New England, as well as the solid, orthodox, confessional Lutheran -- and friendly and welcoming -- congregational family at Trinity.

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A Statement from the Pastor Regarding the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) Recent Action Allowing Homosexual Clergy

Week of Pentecost
August 23, 2009

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the largest, and one of the newer (established 1988), church bodies in the United States which claim the title and heritage "Lutheran." It is a church which has abandoned the confession of the authority, inerrancy, and infallibility of Holy Scripture as God's inspired Word. While many in the ELCA claim Biblical faithfulness, many of their stands and much of their confession contradict God's Word. We in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, therefore, are not in altar and pulpit fellowship with the ELCA and thus do not commune at their altars, nor do ELCA congregation members commune at ours. This is the lack of altar fellowship. The lack of pulpit fellowship means that pastors of the two church bodies do not preach or celebrate the Sacrament in each other's congregations, nor do we in any way cooperate in public worship (this includes "occasional" services such as weddings and funerals). This situation is not something we relish, but maintain out of steadfastness to our confession regarding God's Word and our practice as His church.

Rather than being a turning point for the ELCA, Friday, August 21, 2009 was merely the fruition of what had been brewing for many years in that church body, as on that day, the ELCA, meeting in its assembly, officially gave its approval for active homosexuals to serve on its clergy roster. Members in relationships are expected to remain in them on a "monogamous," committed, and lifelong basis, but the homosexual aspect is no longer a hindrance.

The differences between the ELCA and the LCMS, already vast, have thus multiplied. Although the LCMS was briefly (1969-1981) in altar and pulpit fellowship with one of the ELCA's predecessor bodies, we have never been in such fellowship with the ELCA itself, and its recent action has only vastly increased the existing gulf between the church bodies. In contrast to the ELCA, the LCMS and its members and entities condemn homosexual behavior as intrinsically sinful. There is no way that same-sex unions, of any level of commitment, legal endorsement, etc., can possibly be made right. Not only are such relationships contrary to God's holy, inspired, inerrant, infallible Word (Romans 1; 1 Corinthians 6) -- which is reason enough to condemn them -- they also militate against the very order of God's creation (Genesis 1).

There are many true Christians on the membership roles of ELCA congregations -- some of them our own family and loved ones -- who disagree with the ELCA's recent action, and in fact many of the controversial, even anti-Scriptural, stands it has taken, whose prayer could be summed up as, "They've taken my church away and I do not know where they've put it!" Our prayer for them is that they would be sustained in the true Christian faith in spite of the teaching and practice of their current church body, as well as that our Lord would bless them with the discretion as to what steps to take next.

There are, unfortunately, many others in the ELCA who do agree with the church's stands and, in fact, helped bring such stands about in many cases. Our prayer for them is that they would be convicted by God's Word and repent of their sinful positions, and especially their use of God's Church to promote such sin. This is, of course, also our prayer for the ELCA itself and its congregations and entities.

Our prayer for ourselves is that we would remain steadfast in God's Word (The Lutheran Hymnal, hymn 261), and that our Lord would bless us so we would temper true Christian love with firmness and steadfastness in our confession and practice, sticking to our position even and especially when dealing with those closest to us, and that we, too, would be aware of our own sinful state and the forgiveness of Christ which is ours as well, that forgiveness being the same forgiveness, won by that same Christ, on that same cross, as for all sinners everywhere.

May God grant it for Jesus' sake.

In the Interest and Service of the Unadulterated Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Rev. Paul E. Gramit, Pastor
Ev. Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS-UAC), Clinton, Massachusetts

"Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word" by Martin Luther, 1483-1546

1. Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word;
Curb those who fain by craft and sword
Would wrest the Kingdom from Thy Son
And set at naught all He hath done.

2. Lord Jesus Christ, Thy power make known,
For Thou art Lord of lords alone;
Defend Thy Christendom that we
May evermore sing praise to Thee.

3. O Comforter of priceless worth.
Send peace and unity on earth.
Support us in our final strife
And lead us out of death to life.

 

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And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds[c] and teachers,[d] 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[e] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
Ephesians 4: 11-14

 

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