For a number of years the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) has been requested to hold a service of worship every January at Matsieng, home of Lesotho’s monarch, King Letsie III. The purpose of the service, held on the grounds of the Royal Palace, is to thank the Almighty for life and protection over the Royal Family and the Basotho nation as a whole.
Prior to the beginning of the service, Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, the Principal Chief of Matsieng and younger brother of King Letsie III, reminded those in attendance of the importance of the month of January in the life of the Royal Family. Twenty years ago, on the 15th of January1996, their father the late King Moshoeshoe II died in a tragic road accident in the mountains of Lesotho. The late King’s two brothers, Chief Masupha and Chief Seeiso, were both born in January and his mother, Nkhono ‘Mabereng, passed away in this month. The month also marks the birth of Prince Seeiso’s son Masupha.
The service was attended by members of the Royal Family, including Their Royal Majesties King Letsie III and Queen ‘Masenate. A number of government officials were also in attendance led by The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing.
The LECSA Administrator, Rev. Peter Koona Tefo, led the service, assisted by the LECSA Executive Secretary Rev. Nelson Khethang Posholi, as well as Rev. Bernard Mojaki Kometsi, Director of Morija Theological Seminary. The sermon was preached by the LECSA Moderator, Rev. Tseliso Simeon Masemene. His message came from Matthew 7:12, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Among other things, Rev. Masemene spoke of the importance of remembering that each of us is made in the image of God. Therefore, we should always treat one other with respect and remember that we are all children of God.
LECSA members from parishes in Matsieng, Morija and Maseru were in attendance. Members of Banna le Bahlankana (Men’s Fellowship) provided their distinctive music, especially during the time of offering. Those in attendance expressed their gratitude for being able to attend.
Afterwards LECSA Deputy Moderator Advocate Joseph Teboho Moiloa Moiloa, speaking on behalf of the church, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Royal Family for the opportunity to hold this annual event. His remarks were followed by those from the Royal Family. The King’s uncles, the Acting Principal Chief of Matsieng David Masupha Seeiso Masupha and the Principal Chief of Mokhotlong Mathealira Seeiso, both expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the church and to everyone for attending the 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.