Thanksgiving Sunday serves three purposes. First, it sets a date for the return of the response forms and thereby starts follow-up activity. In most cases this will be no more than a fortnight after the final sermon in the series. On occasion Thanksgiving Sunday will be set on the date of the final sermon in the preaching series. Second, Thanksgiving Sunday provides a liturgical ending to the programme with the offering of response forms comprising a distinct and joyful part of the liturgy. Finally, Thanksgiving Sunday links the financial response to worship, discipleship ministry and mission and seals the commitment of the individual.