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

Come and have your own Holy Week experience before you lead others in Holy Week. Then take home the script to lead it in your own church.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:00pm
San Francisco Theological Seminary
Stewart Chapel, 105 Seminary Road, San Anselmo, CA (map)

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. As we approach Holy Week, we will draw upon the events of Jesus’ final days to search our own hearts and intercede on behalf of a broken world. We will begin with the story of Jesus’ last supper with the disciples and communion. We will then move to 14 prayer stations around the Terrace labyrinth, ending in a candlelit chapel.

Why Holy Week before Holy Week? This experience is part of Dr. McFee’s Lent series, “Listen,” that is being utilized by hundreds of churches across the country as part of her Worship Design Studio resource.

The series is the first of twelve that will illuminate the twelve Affirmations at the SFTS Center for Innovation in Ministry’s ThisWeAffirm website. We will be photographing the stations as a how-to for churches that will be using this service during Holy Week but we also want to offer it to church leaders in this area as a way for you to have your own guided Holy Week experience. And you’ll go home with the full scripts of the evening in case it would help you plan a similar experience for your churches.


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.


Please provide your contact information so that we may get a headcount, as well as send you the script to lead your own Holy Week experience at your church.