At church yesterday we sang the hymn 'The King of Love' which includes the lines:
The price is paid for sinful man;
Accepted child, forgiven son,
Because of Jesus.
Once upon a time the word 'man' could be used to mean 'people' as well as 'a male human being', but no longer. This song was only written in 1997, but I'm sure the writers don't mean to imply that it's only men that are sinful, or that women somehow become honorary men when they receive God's forgiveness. No doubt the choice of words was partly poetic, but I do get a bit tired of the mental gymnastics required to identify with songs like these. What do you think? Are you bothered by exclusive language in worship?