God Grrl (aka Cathleen Falsani) blogged this week about having Jack Heaslip as a guest preacher last Sunday morning at the Little Church By The Sea, in Laguna Beach, California.
Go read her blog about it and listen to the WAV file of his message from Ephesians 3, titled “What If God Is Even Greater Than We Think?” God Girl captured his talk on her phone (and posted with his permission.) She mentioned to me the other voices on the recording are lead pastor Jeff Tacklind doing the introduction, and then at the end, you hear pastors Jay Grant and Brad Coleman, along with Tacklind, praying a blessing over Heaslip.
Many will know from U2’s biography that Heaslip was a high school guidance counselor at Mt. Temple Comprehensive in the 1970s, where U2 first met him. He has since become an ordained Anglican priest.
Many will know, too, that he often travels with U2 on tour, tending to the hundreds of staff and crew members as they are away from homes and families. He likes to arrive at the venues early, as well, to take a prayer walk through the seats and spaces that will be filled later that night with U2’s fans.
Perhaps the last time most of us heard him outside of his church (where he works and speaks from the pulpit when not on tour), was in this now famous “Elevation Tour Blessing” given in Miami on the opening night of U2’s Elevation tour in 2001. Bono introduces him here: