For several years now, the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) has been holding a worship service on the last Sunday of January at Matsieng, home of Lesotho’s monarch, King Letsie III. The purpose of the service, held on the lawn of the Royal Palace, is to thank the Almighty for life and protection over the Royal Family and the Basotho nation as a whole.
The service was attended by members of the Royal Family, as well as government officials. Among those in attendance this year were the current Prime Minister, Mr. Tom Motsoahae Thabane, as well as his predecessor, Mr. Pakalitha Mosisili.
The service was led by members of the LECSA Executive Committee and the sermon was preached by the Moderator, Rev. Tseliso Masemene, who based his message on 2 Chronicles 18:1-7, particularly verse 6 where King Jehoshaphat asks King Ahab, “Is there not a prophet of the LORD here whom we can enquire of?” Far too often in the ways of the world, it is the false prophets who are welcomed by telling people what they want to hear, as opposed to the true prophets of God who tell people what they need to hear! Rev. Masemene emphasized the importance of being true to God.
After the close of the worship service, the Royal Family was given an opportunity to speak. Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, Principal Chief of Matsieng and the younger brother of King Letsie III, prefaced his remarks by having the words of Habakkuk 2:12-14 read: “Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime! Has not the LORD Almighty determined that the people’s labour is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing? For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Prince Seeiso then spoke about the importance of the month of January in the Royal Family as their father, the late King Moshoeshoe II, as well as their grandmother, had passed away in this month.
Following his remarks, the Principal Chief of Mokhotlong, Mathealira Seeiso, brother of the late King Moshoeshoe II, spoke of the importance of discerning the true and false advisors, particularly in government. He also expressed his gratitude to the LECSA for the prayer service.
The close relationship of the Royal Family and the LECSA dates back to 1833 when King Moshoeshoe I invited the first missionaries of the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society who founded the church that is the LECSA today. Because of this history the Royal Family desires that this service continue on an annual basis.