A Listening Way: A Pilgrimage to Stations of the Cross

A Holy Week Experience for Church Leaders Designed by Dr. Marcia McFee, SFTS Visiting Professor of Worship

Pilgrimage has long been a tradition of people across traditions and cultures. Our Lent devotions at SFTS have followed the theme of “A Listening Way,” touching upon what it means to walk with Jesus along the journey of our lives. This Holy Week, we draw upon the events of Jesus’ final days to search our own hearts and intercede on behalf of a broken world. We began with the story of Jesus’ last supper with the disciples and communion. We then moved to 14 prayer stations around the Terrace labyrinth, ending in a candlelit chapel.

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The series is the first of twelve that will illuminate the twelve Affirmations at the SFTS Center for Innovation in Ministry’s ThisWeAffirm website.

Welcome to this virtual Holy Week experience and a journey with Jesus from the table to the tomb. The tradition of the Stations of the Cross which developed in the early church became a way to make pilgrimage and walk the Way of Sorrow with Jesus in those last hours of his life. Pilgrims to Jerusalem around the 4th century would journey and stop where they believed the events happened. Eventually it became difficult for most people to make an actual pilgrimage to Jerusalem. These stations, then, in a sanctuary or on church grounds, became a way to make a pilgrimage to an “interior Jerusalem”–to journey to that place Augustine called “more inward than [our] most inward part.” Just as the disciples, and Jesus himself, searched their hearts in that moment of trauma and tragedy, we search our own hearts. Our stations will invite us not only to examine ourselves, but also to intercede on behalf of others. It is a journey of finding Jesus in all the moments of our lives and of our world.


Dr. Marcia McFee is a professor, worship designer, author, preacher and ritual artist. Drawing on a first career in professional dance and musical theater and equipped with a Master’s in Theology and a PhD in Liturgical Studies, she understands the role of any worship artist in the church as that of creating extraordinary portals through which communities journey with the Spirit. The task is at once deeply theological and wonderfully artistic. Connecting worship professionals and volunteers to their passion and depth of spiritual leadership is her aim in teaching and consulting as well as equipping them with skills to carry this out. She travels extensively, teaching workshops, as guest lecturer at over 10 seminaries, and holding worship planning retreats. Dr. McFee has designed and led worship for regional, national and international gatherings of several denominations for the last 20 years, including two United Methodist General Conferences. She is the Creator and Visionary of the Worship Design Studio, an online experience of coaching, education, inspiration and a design application that currently serves over 700 congregations. She is the author of The Worship Workshop–a workbook for worship teams and, as an avid skier, wrote Spiritual Adventures in the Snow: Skiing and Snowboarding as Renewal for Your Soul. Her latest book, Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship for Unforgettable Messages, has become a best-seller and is utilized by churches all over the world.